The number of crimes reported in Logan Square the past two months remained largely consistent with previous reporting periods, according to statistics given by police officers at the Sept. 20 Beat Community Meeting at Haas Park, 2402 N. Washtenaw Ave.
Officers from the 14th district gathered to provide crime statistics and updates and to listen to residents’ concerns in an open forum as part of their regular reporting for Beat 1431, which spans from Western Avenue est to California Avenue and from Logan Boulevard south to Armitage Avenue.
Officer Craig Mallek reported out on the crime stats from the period of July 19 to Sept. 19. While most stats were low and similar to the last reporting period, the number of thefts from motor vehicles rose from six earlier in the summer to 14. Though still down from the 21 reported during the same time period last year, the officers warned community members to be alert in light of the recent spike.
To protect your vehicle from theft, the police officers offered the following tips:
- Always park in well-lit areas
- Note license plates of any suspicious vehicles, which include vans or trucks double parked on a street with the engine running
- Remember any unique physical characteristics [of offenders]
- Never pursue a fleeing offender; provide the information to the police
“Nothing you have on you is worth your life. Call us,” Officer Mallek emphasized. He also urged crime victims to report and sign their complaints, explaining that action cannot be taken against assailants otherwise.
All other crime statistics—burglaries, robberies and auto thefts—remained low. There were five reported burglaries—the same number as last period—and the number of auto thefts dropped 50 percent to three reported cases.
To mitigate the risks even further, the officers advised residents to practice preventative measures such as locking all windows when not home, avoiding walking home alone after dark and never leaving your car running while unattended—even if making a quick food delivery.
During the meeting’s open forum, community members in attendance expressed concerns over the return of the Maniac Latin Disciples (MLD) gang in the area after finding used gun shells in their alley. Officers said they have no reason to believe MLD members are targeting anyone nor expanding in the area.
The next, and final Beat Community Meeting of the year will be Nov. 20 at Haas Park at 6:30 p.m. The meetings are open to the public. Follow the 14th district police on Twitter @ChicagoCAPS14 for community and business alerts and tips.
Featured photo: Officer Craig Mallek and a community member at Sept. 20’s CAPS meeting at Haas Park, 2402 N. Washtenaw Ave. Photo: Hannah Magnuson