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