Monday, June 19, 2006

Crime Trends -- HPKCC

A tracking of recent trends in Hyde Park Crime from the HPCC:

Snapshot May 18-June 15 2006, Beat 2131

What's hot: theft (11), Criminal damage and Motor vehicle theft (10 each), Battery (8). There were 4 assaults and 4 batteries, and 1 each Criminal sexual assault, Criinal trespss, Deceptive practice, Offense involving children (not bringing back in time), Robbery.

The World Garden at Kenwood Community Park, started by Common Threads and the park, has experienced repeated vandalism and theft to the garden and minimal fence in 2006. (Common Threads was started by Al Smith, Oprah's chef, and includes a project to teach kids from across the South Side the whole process of food production. The Kenwood Improvement Association at its meeting heard from the project's director Linda Novick and asked action. Rudy Nimocks, director of The University of Chicago Police, made arrangements for nighttime UCP and 21st District patrols to make sure the garden stays. They also have been working with the park district to get a sturdy fence.

The cameras are planned for early summer along Drexel Blvd. at about 48th/49th and 52nd and possibly a different kind south (5th Ward?). They have to be funded from aldermanic menus. They are theoretically part of the "Homeland Security Grid" and managed by the Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

And the university is putting up 5 additional security phones along 47th and in west Hyde Park.

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