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Village: Crime is Down for Fifth Straight Year

The Village of Skokie in conjunction with the Skokie Police Department announced that crime is down for the fifth consecutive year on Thursday.

Preliminary statistics show that crime in Skokie declined by 6 percent in 2012 from 2011. This marks the fifth consecutive year of declining crime in the community, the village said in a press release.

A total of 4,572 crimes occurred in Skokie in 2012, which is down from 4,866 in 2011. The number of crimes reported in 2012 is below the five-year average of 5,149 total crimes per year, and also below the 20-year average of 5,209 total offenses per year, according to the village. 

“The continued decline in crime in the community is attributable to a number of factors including the slow but steady improvement in national economic conditions and changes in law enforcement investigation and response tactics," said Skokie Police Chief Anthony Scarpelli. 

“Another significant factor is the village’s growing Neighborhood Watch Program. There are currently 211 blocks actively participating in the initiative that puts an entire neighborhood on the lookout for suspicious activity.  

"Approximately 50 blocks have joined this program in the past few years," he added.

According to the village, robberies in 2012 were down by 8 percent, burglaries were down 13 percent, theft decreased by 2 percent and motor vehicle theft dropped by 14 percent.  

The only increase in any major crime category were sex offenses,  with a total of 42 incidents in 2011 and 50 occurrences in 2012, a 19 percent increase.

Meanwhile, selected crimes against persons, excluding domestic offenses, dropped from 461 incidents in 2011 to 436 incidents in 2012, and also remain below both the five- and ten-year averages, according to the village press release.

Scarpelli comments on the impact these crimes have on the community.

“Although crimes against persons are fewer in number than most property crimes, they are typically more newsworthy," the police chief said. "These offenses garner more publicity which possibly contributes to a misperception that overall crime is rising in the community.  

"It is important to note that approximately 8 to 9 percent of all crimes are against persons, with the remaining 91 to 92 percent of crimes are against property," he added. 

That number translates to about 411 crimes against an individual, or 9 percent of the 4,572 crimes reported in 2012.

A more detailed version of police statistics will become available when the police department publishes its annual report, which usually comes out in March or April. 

shp February 01, 2013 at 01:49 PM
4572 crimes REPORTED, not all crimes are reported, but still seems like alot of crime. How does Skokie compare to other communities of the same size? There are 411 crimes againist individuals. This also is a big number. I'm wondering if any of the 411 people who were victims feel safer by reading this article. In addition, how does Skokie compare to the number of police officers to other communities with similar crime numbers? How many of the 411 crimes against individuals are solved? How many of these 411 crimes are committed by people living in Skokie? Let's look back 7 years ago to see what crimes against individuals were reported. Was it with a gun or was it pushing someone to the ground to steal a purse? I think this is the difference today that there are gun crimes against individuals. Way, way, way more concerning! While serious crime numbers have gone down (let's be honest) by a few, the way the crimes are committed is more serious. Although, I would like to see the stats on this if available. Don't forget that there is an election coming up in April (early voting in March). I don't want more of the same (Skokie Caucus Party). I'm voting for independent candidates to get a fresher approach.
Skokie resident 8220 February 02, 2013 at 01:57 AM
Our neighbor was just robbed. 1 hour ago.
Susan Donian February 02, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Good eye shp, you equate the press release about "crime rates down, look at these stats" with an upcoming election..and early voting too? really?.wow, that's news to me! and further, you don't want more of the same, (Skokie Caucus Party), I don't blame you because it's all about greed..... If you really check the statistics and look at the numbers, crime probably isn't down, statistics are notorious for being manipulated, and as you say, it's what's being reported, is not the same as what's unreported....(and remember these are "preliminary"...) I grew up in Skokie, (35 years) it definitely is experiencing a crime problem, to say the least.... to hear of car jackings in broad daylight and killings, that never happened before in the Skokie I knew. Thankfully the news reporter states this information accurately sourced from, da da da da: The Village's own Press Release!
Skokie resident 8220 February 02, 2013 at 02:41 AM
Now, the Skokie Police have just informed us there have been a string of robberies in our area in the last two weeks. The (thieves) are watching and seeking out very certain items. Bathrooms are being ransacked. George, if you would like further info, please contact me. I urge fellow Skokie residents to watch your neighborhood. If you see a suspicious vehicle lingering, please contact the police.
shp February 02, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Would like to read other comments. Calling all comments please. Hello?
shp February 02, 2013 at 09:42 PM
Thanks for the tip Skokie resident 8220. It would have been nice to get an alert from the Police Department that there have been several robberies in a certain area and to be on the look out. I'm assuming you mean that this was a home robbery when the people were not home? George - can you please update Skokie Patch with any new information. And on the heels of "crime is down in Skokie for the 5th straight year". This is giving people a false sense of security. PEOPLE PLEASE BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS AND ON THE LOOK OUT FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY!
Skokie resident 8220 February 03, 2013 at 12:58 AM
@shp: I did talk to my neighbors. Their home was completely tossed. It looked like they spent some significant time in there. Luckily they missed the robbers. The scary part is that they knew exactly when they would be gone and have been keeping track of our schedule. I was told that this has been happening numerous times in a specific area.
Skokie resident 8220 February 03, 2013 at 01:07 AM
@Susan Donian: I have been a long time resident of Skokie as well. I completely agree with you. The audacity of the crimes being committed appear to continue to escalate.
Steve Mottel February 03, 2013 at 02:21 AM
Studies, stats, numbers can be fudged to serve a purpose. For example, scientific medical studies that have been published in the most respected medical journals in the world have later been found to be flawed and fraudulent to serve some other purpose. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57376073/deception-at-duke-fraud-in-cancer-care/ The data the village pushes to serve the caucus party goals needs to taken with several grains of salt. Sure total crimes MAY be down, but I would rather have more bikes stolen than thugs mugging people, carjackings, shootings etc Anyone that has been in Skokie long enough knows that the nature of crime here has changed. Those that deny this, need to take their blinders off...... TIME FOR CHANGE, CANNOT TOLERATE THE STATUS QUO. A GOOD START WOULD BE TO VOTE OUT AS MAY CAUCUS PARTY CANDIDATES AS POSSIBLE.
Susan Donian February 03, 2013 at 03:27 AM
AMEN to that Steve Mottel, This Villages needs to be CLEANED UP!
shp February 03, 2013 at 04:01 AM
I like that slogan - Vote Out as Many Caucus Party Candidates as Possible! For our own safety, we all need to get as many people to vote in the upcoming election. Please spread the work to vote in the April election. Early voting starts in March! Go independent candidates.

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