ALERT, INVOLVED NEIGHBORS CREATE WELL-TENDED STREETS THAT REPEL CRIMINALS, LOITERERS
Criminals, gangs and loiterers roost among run-down streets and alleys strewn with trash. Abandoned buildings signal good shelter for their criminal activities. These physical characteristics also send strong signals that neighbors don't know each other and probably won't call the police when they see suspicious activity.
Change the look of your street, organize your neighbors with these 5 steps:
1. Organize a neighborhood clean-up
Criminals are attracted to neighborhoods that appear dirty or unkempt. Regular clean-ups will deter criminal activity by bringing people out and visible on the street. The City, through the Clean and Green program, can loan anyone tools throughout the year to help you keep your block looking good. Just call 311 and ask for Clean & Green or use this 311 form. You can also use this as a way to meet all the neighbors on your block and get them involved.
2. Organize an alley numbering project
Alley numbers help speed response from police, fire and paramedics who under certain circumstances may need to respond through the alley. Alley numbers may be provided to groups by your local police district through a grant provided by the Allstate Foundation.
3. Establish a phone or a text tree
A phone tree can provide a means for neighbors to first call 911 to request the police when a crime occurs and to then communicate among themselves. A phone/text tree lists residents according to their address and can be a rapid communication and reporting system for the block club.
4. Work on problem buildings
One bad building can ruin a whole block; one bad store can ruin a whole neighborhood, but you and your neighbors can help make a real difference when it comes to problem buildings. By working with police and other City Departments, you can help hold landlords or store owners accountable for criminal or nuisance activity that may be occurring on their property.
Block parties are a Chicago tradition throughout the summer, but you don't have to confine your celebrations to just one day. Smaller events can be easily organized throughout the year.
6. Attend Police Beat meetings (CAPS) with your neighbors
Beat community meetings provide an opportunity for police and community residents to exchange information about conditions in the neighborhood, to identify crime and disorder problems, and discuss chronic problems. The meeting also provides an opportunity for police and community to get to know one another.
Find which Police District and Beat you live in.
Then find your Police Beat meeting below.
The 26th Ward has 4 police districts. They are Harrison (11th), Near West (12th), Shakespeare (14th) and Grand Central (25th). CAPS meetings are listed on the district's calendar of events.
Kevin Johnson, Commander
NEAR WEST (12th)
Edward Kulbida, Commander
Fabian A. Saldana, Commander
GRAND CENTRAL (25th)
Anthony Escamilla, Commander
5555 West Grand Ave