Major Crimes Rate Falls by Double Digits in McKinley Park, Nearby Neighborhoods

Published August 17, 2021

A chart displays the totals of major index crimes for the McKinley Park Community Area for 2018, 2019 and 2020.A chart displays the totals of major index crimes for the McKinley Park Community Area for 2018, 2019 and 2020.Crime statistics released by the Chicago Police Department and the City of Chicago show falling rates of major index crimes for the McKinley Park neighborhood and nearby areas.

 
Maxwell Street Market - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. first and third Sundays

Especially during 2020 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, major index crimes were down 26 percent as compared with 2019 in the Police Beat 912 that covers most of the McKinley Park neighborhood. For the McKinley Park Community Area, which also includes parts of Police Beat 911, major index crime fell by 15 percent in 2020 versus 2019.

 
Maxwell Street Market - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. first and third Sundays

“Part of the reason for the drop in crime is the slow steady work of our officers all the time,” said Chicago Police Department 9th District Commander Don Jerome. “We enjoy a good CAPS program and good support throughout the entire community.”

Not a Fluke

The falling rates of major index crimes in the McKinley Park neighborhood follow a trend that started before the pandemic. Overall index crime in 2019 dropped 17 percent in Beat 912 compared to 2018. In the McKinley Park Community Area, index crime was down 19 percent in that same period.

The downward trend appears to be continuing this year. Major crime also dropped in the first six months of 2021 compared to the first six months of 2020: Beat 912 was down 9 percent; the McKinley Park Community Area saw a 13 percent drop.

Criminal Behavior Benchmark

Major index crimes are charted by type in a graphic showing numbers for 2018, 2019 and 2020 for Chicago's McKinley Park Community Area.Major index crimes are charted by type in a graphic showing numbers for 2018, 2019 and 2020 for Chicago's McKinley Park Community Area.“Index crime” includes murder, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft and arson. These eight crimes commonly serve as an indicator of criminal behavior because of their seriousness and frequency of occurrence.

 
New Xfinity Store now open at 3145 S. Ashland Ave.

Reported incidents of battery and burglary in Beat 912 dropped the most from 2019 to 2020: 40 percent for both. Thefts in Beat 912 also fell by 38 percent during this period.

However, reported incidents of assaults rose to 60 in 2020 versus 43 in 2019. Motor vehicle thefts increased slightly in 2020 over 2019: from 20 in 2019 to 23 in 2020.

Communication and Support

Jerome credited a strong working relationship with local elected officials as contributing to the drop in crime, including 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas and 15th Ward Alderman Ray Lopez.

“We have open communications and support both ways,” Jerome said. “Both call us with concerns and help us with problem-solving.”

 
New Xfinity Store now open at 3145 S. Ashland Ave.

“Of course there is a lot of interest in CAPS,” Jerome said. CAPS is the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy program that regularly draws dozens of McKinley Park neighborhood residents – as well as elected officials – to in-person and virtual monthly beat meetings.

Participating community members "have more confidence in the police,” Jerome said.

Nearby Crime Rates

A chart displays the totals of major index crimes for Chicago's police Beat 912 for 2018, 2019 and 2020.A chart displays the totals of major index crimes for Chicago's police Beat 912 for 2018, 2019 and 2020.Neighboring communities also showed similar dips in index crime from 2019 to 2020: The Brighton Park Community Area saw major index crime down 22 percent, and the New City Community Area south of McKinley Park enjoyed a 17 percent reduction.

The Bridgeport Community Area recorded 16 percent fewer major index crimes in 2020 as compared to 2019, and the Lower West Side Community Area, which includes the Pilsen and Heart of Chicago neighborhoods, was down 13 percent.

 
Maxwell Street Market - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. first and third Sundays

Index crime in community areas adjacent to McKinley Park also fell between 2018 and 2019, but not as much. The Lower West Side saw a 7 percent reduction, and Bridgeport and Brighton Park’s index crime fell 6 percent between 2018 and 2019. The New City Community Area recorded a 5 percent reduction in this period.

The next CAPS Beat 912 Meeting is set for 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, to be held online or at Evergreen Academy Middle School.

Related Topics


Log In to comment on this item.
 
New Xfinity Store now open at 3145 S. Ashland Ave.