Community Community Policing Officer Jim McAndrew discusses crime statistics alongside Beat Facilitator Glenn Young at the October 9 meeting for CAPS Beat 912. Officer Jim McAndrew discussed crime statistics alongside Beat Facilitator Glenn Young at the October 9 meeting for CAPS Beat 912.

Safe Passage, Police Camera, Crime Stats Announced at McKinley Park CAPS Meeting

Published October 15, 2019

A new Safe Passage group in the McKinley Park neighborhood is seeking volunteers to help shepherd students, families and children around area schools, announced local resident Roy Pletsch at the Wednesday, October 9, meeting for Beat 912 of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS). "Parents will know they have us out there," Pletsch said, adding that they aim to expand their current group of eight local volunteers based out of Evergreen Academy Middle School.

The Safe Passage Training on Friday, October 25, offers an opportunity to apply for the program and get certified, Pletsch said. Once on the team, volunteers are welcome to take any before- and after-school shifts that fit their schedule; each is about an hour long, he said.

Neighborhood Crime Stats

CAPS Beat 912 meeting 20191009 Glenn Young Theresa Mah Christine YoungIllinois 2nd District State Representative Theresa Mah announces event updates accompanied by Beat 912 facilitators Glenn Young, at the podium, and Christine Young, seated lower left.Community Policing Officer Jim McAndrew of the Chicago Police Department's 9th District shared the past month's worth of crime statistics for Beat 912, which covers most of the McKinley Park neighborhood. "These numbers are pretty good," McAndrew said, noting 1,330 calls for service, 13 reports of shots fired and 12 arrests.

The single violent crime reported in this period consisted of the robbery of a rider who fell asleep on an Orange Line train, McAndrew said. The 13 reported property crimes included six thefts, four burglaries and three motor vehicle thefts, including that of a running vehicle.

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"It's getting cold out, the time when people start warming up their cars," McAndrew said.

Police Camera Move

Beat Facilitator Glenn Young confirmed the relocation of a police surveillance camera to Hoyne Park to deter gang-related crime. The camera move follows a summertime shooting incident at Hoyne Park and the nearby July 23 homicide of neighborhood teen-ager Anthony Finley.

McAndrew said that police have not announced any arrests or updates related to the Finley homicide case.

Seasonal Safety

The CAPS meeting also featured a set of seasonal safety tips, including for trick-or-treating on Halloween night. "Be extra careful driving" while kids are trick-or-treating, Young reminded attendees.

Make sure to check before opening your door to trick-or-treaters, said Christine Young, who is also a facilitator for CAPS Beat 912. Examine all treats before allowing children to eat them, she said.

Chicago Police Community Conversation 20191016 posterThe 9th District's Community Conversation takes place on Wednesday, October 16.A discussion of trick-or-treating hours for the neighborhood led to no conclusions: the City of Chicago lists no official or suggested schedule. McAndrew recommended that families conclude trick-or-treating before it gets dark outside that night.

Glenn Young also noted the importance of checking smoke and carbon monoxide detectors this time of year, as it's the season when residents first turn on heat sources. They may be more likely to burn candles or use a backyard fire pit, too, he said.

Police Events

Upcoming events related to police and public safety include the Community Conversation at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16, at the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council, 1823 W. 47th St., Chicago. Part of the 9th District's effort to create a strategic plan for policing, the meeting solicits public involvement and includes light refreshments.

The next CAPS Meeting for Beat 912 is scheduled for Wednesday, November 13. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable goods for a holiday food drive, and the meeting will feature a turkey raffle.

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