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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. 

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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