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Crime in Skokie: 'What's the Story?'

In this Letter to the Editor, Skokie resident Mel Weintraub questions the statistics regarding crime released by the village.

Crime in Skokie has become an issue in this year's Board of Trustees campaign. , says violent crime is up.  Spokesmen for the Village Board say overall crime is down, adding that it's a perception issue.  So, what's the story?

The latest issue of "New Skokie" gives the crime statistics for the past 20 years.  Very nice.  However, the lead headline says that Skokie crime for 2012 is 12% lower than the 20 year average.  Is that what the residents of Skokie are interested in? 

Looking a little closer at the data in that issue shows, that Skokie crime against persons (the statistic that concerns me the most, how about you?) is up 5 percent compared to the 20 year average (436 vs. 416).  Also, the 5 year average for crime against persons is up 15 percent compared to the 20 year average (479 vs. 416).  These are numbers the village officials do not want to talk about.  

Surprise, surprise.

What do you think? Do you feel crime is down in Skokie?


Mel Weintraub
8307 Harding Ave.
Skokie, Ill. 60076

Vicki April 06, 2013 at 01:45 PM
I wonder when it will dawn on Caucus Party supporters like you Lorel that this is only the beginning. They may be a minority now but you have to start somewhere. Hopefully the Caucus Party will be no more after a few election cycles.
Brian Hickey April 06, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Remember the good old days when we used to think Jackie Gorell sucked as a mayor? Before she appointed Mayor Looks Homeless? Somebody buy this guy a shave and a suit !
Susan Donian April 07, 2013 at 05:07 AM
@Brian Hickey, Agreed 100% I think Jackie Gorell was actually an excellent Mayor, wish we had now
Schoolmarm April 07, 2013 at 12:44 PM
"Be careful what you wish for," while trite, seems to be true. And, on't forget: "You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone!"
Skokie Resident April 08, 2013 at 06:13 AM
Well here's an idea, posters for the affected areas where gangbangers infest: Beautify Skokie - plant a thug daily.


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