A screen capture of the Better Government Association map of 2020 carjackings displays the location of the single McKinley Park Community Area carjacking, as well as other carjacking locations in adjacent neighborhoods.

McKinley Park Carjacking in 2020 Among Fewest Per Community Area

Published July 7, 2021

An analysis by the Better Government Association (BGA) of 2020 Chicago carjackings shows that McKinley Park had among the fewest carjackings of all of Chicago's 77 community areas, with one reported carjacking last year.

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In the July 7, 2021, article "Few Programs Steer Child Carjackers Away From Trouble," reporters Sidnee King and David Jackson detail the dearth of resources for young, first-time offenders and include results of a citywide BGA analysis of incidents of vehicular hijacking and aggravated vehicular hijacking from Chicago Police Department data.

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As reported here in the McKinley Park News, the mid-afternoon carjacking on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, took place in the 3400 block of South Marshfield Avenue. One of three male offenders, all between 18 and 20 years old, tripped a garage optical sensor as a resident was parking in his garage off the alley, police said, then battered the resident, took his car keys and drove away.

BGA Carjacking Map

The BGA map of 2020 Chicago carjackings by Cesar Calderon displays individual incidents of vehicular hijacking and aggravated vehicular hijacking based on police department data.

With no carjackings, only the diminutive Montclare Community Area on the northwest edge of Chicago has fewer than McKinley Park. Other community areas that reported only one carjacking in 2020 include Edison Park and Norwood Park on the city's northwest border, Hegewich on the city's southeast corner, and Burnside, the second-smallest community area in the center of Chicago's far South Side.

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At 1.41 square miles in size, McKinley Park is the 12th smallest of Chicago's community areas, similar in land area to Washington Park and Hyde Park. The Existing Conditions Report of the McKinley Park Neighborhood Plan puts McKinley Park's population at 16,064 residents as of 2016.

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The next upcoming community policing event for McKinley Park is the CAPS Beat 912 BBQ, set for 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14, in McKinley Park. It is the first face-to-face event for the McKinley Park neighborhood's active CAPS Beat 912 community policing group since before the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is free and open to all comers.

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