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January 23, 2014

Robberies in Lakeview/Uptown Consolidate at Belmont #chicago #crimeisdown

Filed under: Economics,Politics — Chris Chaten @ 9:55 AM

As a follow up to last year’s analysis of crime in our neighborhood, I’ve put together a time-lapse heat map of robberies from 2008 through full year 2013.

As noted before, the number of robberies in the 19th district is relatively static. However, the trend is a consolidation in a small block that contains the Boystown and Wrigleyville neighborhoods.

Robbery Heat Map in Chicago's 19th District (2008 - 2013)

This trend continues in 2013; the Belmont red line stop is the singular remaining ‘hot spot’.

2013 robberies (n=525) centralize at the stop and radiate out. In 2012, the ‘heat’ was more evenly distributed throughout the Halsted / Wrigley / Belmont triangle.1 In 2008 (n=532)2, the robberies were spread more evenly, including the Wilson and Lawrence stops (near the ‘Uptown’ label on the map).

The CWB blog documents some of the potential causes. It’s worth following if you live in or around the area.


1. Of note, the 2013 green area does push east of Halsted (into residential streets) to a greater extent than in 2012.
2. Source: City of Chicago. N value may differ from published crime stats if exact location was not provided or miscategorized.


  1. What’s interesting is that Uptown seems to have reduced their crime. On the heat map, just north of Montrose on Broadway, it went from red in 2008 to blue in 2013. Any ideas what the cause of this may be?

    Comment by Johnny Football — January 23, 2014 @ 11:43 AM

  2. In terms of robberies, that is true. There are a number of factors including closing of SROs, maintenance on the El, and the rise in smartphones that would lead to a shift. I’m not sure we have enough information to make a causal argument either way.

    Other incidents of violent crime, drug trade, etc. are still fairly high in Uptown, driven in part by gang activity.

    Comment by Chris Chaten — January 23, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

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