Thursday, November 16, 2006

Community Crime Watch Cameras Operate 24/7

The following are sample views from neighborhood crime watch cameras located along Winthrop Avenue in Edgewater. These views are a quarter of the size of the actual images produced by the cameras. The cameras are capable of panning 0-360 degrees, tilting 0-90 degrees and zooming in up to 42 times. A license plate can be captured at a distance of up to 500 feet.

The cameras are monitoring the public way 24/7 to help the community capture crimes in the making such as drug dealing, prostitution. property damage, robbery, theft etc. and help resolve and document recently reported criminal activity. The effectiveness of any crime watch tool/program is directly related to the degree of participation from the community.

A view from the NEBA Crime Watch Camera located at 6101 N. Winthrop.

A view from the TAHBS Crime Watch Camera located at 5717 N. Winthrop.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

New Community Surveillance Camera!

Purpose: The NEBA Security Camera was installed as a tool for improving public safety. The camera operates 24/7 viewing and recording activity that occurs on the public way. In addition to calling 911, those observing illegal activity in the area of a NEBA security camera are asked to go to the NEBA Block Club website at, click on the Incident Report Form button, fill-out and submit the form.

Building owners concerned with providing a safe neighborhood environment for their tenants and surrounding residents have made a significant investment to install these cameras. Community input is absolutely necessary to optimize the utilization and efficiency of this tool. Your NEBA block organization has also invested considerable resources to make this project happen.

The Security Camera Network: The NEBA security camera network was designed and installed as a community resource. The camera can automatically patrol the area using a number of programmable presets with a zoom capability of over 21X. The camera can also be manually directed via a secure internet connection. The camera has a digital video recorder that is set up to record automatically when motion is detected. The presets will be monitored and adjusted to focus on areas of recurring illegal activity based on reported incidents and review of the camera video archives.

Phase one of the security camera network has been completed and functional since April 2, 2006. The 24th Police District’s Commander, Bruce Rottner, has been informed of the camera’s location and purpose. The 24th Police District has access to the camera for use as an observation tool by appropriate members of the department.

In the event of a crime, public safety related concern or incident, the camera system is capable of providing time-stamped video records on DVD for police investigations.

Call for Community Participation: This is an experimental community venture, so please don’t be shy about reporting incidents! When you see illegal activity on the streets call 911 then go to the WWW.NEBABLOCKCLUB.ORG website to fill out and submit the Incident Report Form. All Incident Reports are logged and video records reviewed for evidence. Applicable images and/or video will be archived and a DVD with the information provided to the police. The camera has a recall of up to 3 weeks of motion triggered video for review so please report incidents that are observed or heard (i.e., shots fired) as soon as possible. Thanks to those who have already volunteered information via email and the phone tree to the block club. This has resulted in video retrieved for an early morning assault, ongoing drug dealing, a man running after shots fired, soliciting prostitutes and other potential evidence regarding crimes and public safety issues.

Web Enabled Incident Reporting: The WWW.NEBABLOCKCLUB.ORG website has an easily accessible Incident Reporting Form to enable area residents to report observations of suspect criminal activity or other public safety related issues.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Loyola University Chicago Unveils New Granville Police Station


Loyola University Chicago Unveils New Granville Police Station
Dedicated in Memory of Eric Solorio, Chicago Police Officer and Loyola Graduate
Joint Venture Between Loyola, Chicago Police Dept. and Chicago Transit Authority

What: Grand Opening of Loyola University Chicago Granville Police Station, kicking off
Loyola’s Safety Awareness Week and launch of CSI (Chicago Safety Initiative): Loyola, program that will empower the Loyola community at large to take a more active role in personal safety.

When: Monday, March 13, 2006
10:00 a.m. (Media check-in)
10:30 a.m. (Event begins)

Where: Loyola University Chicago Granville Police Station
1113 West Granville Avenue
Chicago, IL 60660

Why: The first public-private partnership formed to help reduce crime and increase the visibility of three police departments on a less than attractive, but critically important and emerging, commercial corridor.

Loyola University Chicago, the Chicago Police Department, the Chicago Transit Authority, Alderman Mary Ann Smith, and the people of the Edgewater Community vow to make the street safer and more inviting to students, commuters, residents, and shoppers.

Who: Join Loyola, the community and local officials for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication. Dignitaries planning to attend:
* Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., President, Loyola University Chicago
* Richard Durbin, U.S. Senator
* Mary Ann Smith, Alderman
* Harry Osterman, State Representative
* Bruce Rottner, Commander, 24th District, Chicago Police Department (CPD)
* Frank Kruesi, President, Chicago Transportation Authority (CTA)

Thursday, June 02, 2005

OPERATION CLEAN - 9:30 am, June 3, 2005

An "Operation Clean" is a special city service blitz in a designated area, preceded by a police roll call. City vehicles will be staged on Thorndale from Winthrop to Sheridan. The roll call will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Swift School Parking Lot at Thorndale and Winthrop. Commander Bruce Rottner and Alderman Mary Ann Smith will give brief welcoming remarks to kick off this event. Swift School students will also be part of the opening ceremony.

Street Sweeper

Thursday, April 28, 2005

CAPS Meeting Location Change For Wednesday, May 4, 2005 Only

For the May 4, 2005 meeting only, the CAPS monthly meeting will take place at the Edgewater Community Council, 6044 N. Broadway (Broadway between Glenlake and Norwood). See you there at 7:00 PM. Please share this information with your neighbors.

Jill Murray, (neighbor and) Beat Facilitator, Beat 2433

Monday, April 18, 2005

Hi y'all,
Just wanted to congratulate you on last night's (April 12, 2005)
meeting. I think the turnout, and the diversity of
attendees was terrific.
Thanks again and congrats! What do we do next?

Thanks for the picture, Jennifer.
posted by Street Sweeper

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

All eight condominium units of the new Byrne Development to the left of one of B&R Development's properties was recently sold out. Please note how the architectural details are reflective of those in the neighboring vintage property.
Street Sweeper