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Nov 24, 2014
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Crime Prevention Tip – SNOW & LIGHTS ON

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

Police told us last week that almost every house broken into last snow season was targeted because it wasn’t shoveled.  Please shovel your city sidewalk completely as well as the front and rear walkway and front stairs and porch to your home or condo as soon as possible after a snowfall.  Remember to have front porch LIGHTS ON from DUSK TO DAWN all year.  Rear and side lights can be on motion detectors.  Have some interior lights on timers.  You should begin interior lights at dusk if you’re not home from work or you spend most of your time in one part of your residence.  Be sure to lock doors and basement, first and second floor windows.  Do you have ventilation locks on your windows?  They allow for ventilation, but not entry.  And ask a neighbor to pick up advertising flyers if you’re away.  And please report street or alley lights out to 311 immediately.

Can you please share this information with your neighbors as many aren’t aware of these emails.  Thanks!

Nov 21, 2014
gracelandwest
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Leaf Clean Up Saturday Nov 22 Noon

Come out and meet your neighbors

We will be meeting at the corner of Greenview and Belle Plaine on November 22 at 12:00PM. Bring your rakes, brooms and shovels, work gloves and 10 – 15 trash / leaf bags. If you have extras, please bring them to share. You can also help by getting a group of your neighbors together and work on your block. If you know of a trouble spot where water accumulates after a storm, let me know so that those spots are addressed first. If you plan on helping or have any questions please Email Larry Witry at ns1430@rcn.com.

Prior to the 22nd, could you please also cleanup any remaining street leaves not cleared by city street sweeping in front of your house so they don’t migrate to the intersections, clog the sewers and contribute to street, vehicle and basement flooding?

Thank You

Nov 19, 2014
gracelandwest
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CAPS MEETING REPORT – GRACELAND WEST AND OTHER CRIME TIPS

At the November 19th CAPS meeting, police discussed followup to a gang related shots fired incident on the 1400 block of Warner and subsequent arrests saying it is gang related. Police emphasized that neighbors need to call 911 on anyone who doesn’t seem like they belong in the neighborhood, and just seems to be waiting around (anywhere within the neighborhood). As extreme as it sounds, the officers encouraged us to call even if the guys don’t seem to be doing anything wrong.

When a neighbor calls 911, they are supposed to tell the operator that they are calling from a known gang assembly place, and then report what they’ve seen.

This time of year, it’s likely the guys will just be sitting in cars. The officers said they really need to collect license plate numbers so they can track the gang. The officers asked that if at all possible, a license plate number be given to the 911 operator.

ADDITIONAL CRIME TIPS:

EYES ON THE STREET: Call 911 immediately to report CRIME or SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY HAPPENING NOW. Report descriptions of people, vehicles and tag number if possible and direction of escape. Alert your phone tree after calling 911.

  • Crime in progress
  • Someone looking into windows, yards or cars
  • Someone with a sob story at your door requesting money
  • Someone ringing your bell with brochures from Lambs Farm (they don’t fund raise door to door) or something similar
  • Someone being followed or someone following you
  • A group gathering to drag race, smoke dope, deal dope
  • Someone you think might be applying graffiti
  • An occupied parked car that seems suspicious
  • A moving van at a neighbor’s house and you know they aren’t moving

GRAFFITI: If you have an iPhone or droid, download the Chicago Works app from iTunes or Google Play. Photo the graffiti and email it to 311 along with the address. A copy will go to the alderman’s office too.

Call 311 to report that someone broke into your garage or your bike or lawnmower was stolen. It’s important to REPORT ALL CRIME because police get better information re patterns AND REPORTED CRIME INCIDENTS determine how police coverage is allocated.

LIGHTS ON. A well-lit neighborhood deters crime and makes the neighborhood welcoming to neighbors. Please light your front and rear entries from DUSK TO DAWN all year and report street lights out to 311.

LINE OF SIGHT. If your home is hidden behind a privacy fence, overgrown shrubs, untrimmed trees and your neighbors or police can’t see you coming or going from the street or alley, it’s time to LIGHTEN UP and eliminate hiding spots. Walk across the street. Can you and your neighbor easily see your front entrance, basement and first floor windows and rear entry at all hours? Can police drive by and see that all is OK? Look at your neighbor’s houses. Can you see their entry points easily?

PHONE TREE. Keep contact info for neighbors on either side, across the street and across the alley behind you. Call them after calling 911 or 311. Register on and Post to EveryBlock and Nextdoor.

LOCK DOORS AND WINDOWS. If you’re gardening, raking leaves or shoveling, LOCK YOUR DOORS AND KEEP THE KEY IN YOUR POCKET. Also use ventilation locks on your basement, first and second floor windows. (They’re the locks that let a window open for ventilation, but not enough to climb in).

PHOTOGRAPH OR VIDEO AND INVENTORY your valuable items and keep a copy off site. You can inscribe your driver’s license number on electronics.

ENJOY YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. WALK IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. Active, happy neighborhoods deter crime. Vary your routine a little too. Use both your front and back door, not just one. GET TO KNOW three new neighbors well this winter and PLEASE JOIN GWCA: www.gracelandwest.org

 

 

 

Nov 16, 2014
gracelandwest
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Visitor’s Wheels Stolen From Vehicle

New or newer grey 4-door honda accord sport wheels stolen last night outside 1458 W. Belle Plaine near the alley just east of Greenview. Please let us know if anyone has any information related to this crime.

If you are spending time at home, its a good idea to take a stretch and look out your window every hour to confirm there is no suspicious activity nearby.

Call 911 if you see anything suspicious.

Nov 13, 2014
gracelandwest
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BLOCK REPS NEEDED

 

GRACELAND WEST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION “GWCA” 11-13-14:

If you live between Montrose, Irving Park, Clark and Ashland, you live in Graceland West, the northernmost portion of Lake View and your neighborhood association is GWCA. We were established in the late ‘70s. We all have many NEW NEIGHBORS and want all to sign up on https://nextdoor.com (“Nextdoor”), which is also an app and can be accessed anywhere. Additionally, “Everyblock” is another great site where you can register and connect with neighbors about the goings on in Graceland West; http://www.everyblock.com.

We typically have several Block Reps on each side of each block. But some people have had job transfers or retired and subsequently moved so WE NEED YOU to VOLUNTEER to be a BLOCK REP. This is a great way to meet your neighbors and get involved. I’m one of nine current GWCA Council Members and in charge of BLOCK REPS. Please email me at brad@skyprocessing.com to volunteer or learn more. BLOCK REPS deliver flyers, help with membership, and crime prevention outreach for their block

We need people for Montrose, Pensacola, Cullom, Hutchinson, Warner, Belle Plaine, Cuyler, Irving Park, Ashland, Greenview, Southport and Clark. I am happy to set up a time to talk more about being a BLOCK REP and/or joining GWCA.

These are a few of the responsibilities for Block Reps:

1.  Deliver flyers on your block or part of the block

2.  Welcome new neighbors

3.  Help with crime prevention education and membership drive

4.  Be a Go-To person on your block and communicate issues to the GWCA          Council. 

5.  Maintain communication contact info on your block 

Please support GWCA and your neighborhood and sign up to be a Block Rep today!

 

Nov 9, 2014
gracelandwest
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GWCA Fall Leaf Clean-up

Come out and meet your neighbors

We will be meeting at the corner of Greenview and Belle Plaine on November 22 at 12:00PM. Bring your rakes, brooms and shovels, work gloves and 10 – 15 trash / leaf bags. If you have extras, please bring them to share. You can also help by getting a group of your neighbors together and work on your block. If you know of a trouble spot where water accumulates after a storm, let me know so that those spots are addressed first. If you plan on helping or have any questions please Email Larry Witry at ns1430@rcn.com.

Prior to the 22nd, could you please also cleanup any remaining street leaves not cleared by city street sweeping in front of your house so they don’t migrate to the intersections, clog the sewers and contribute to street, vehicle and basement flooding?

Thank You

Nov 9, 2014
gracelandwest
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GWCA Requests Residents Complete 47th Ward Aldermanic Block Audit By November 25 (Deadline)

 

GRACELAND WEST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION “GWCA” 11-9-14:

If you live between Montrose, Irving Park, Clark and Ashland, you live in Graceland West, the northernmost portion of Lake View and your neighborhood association is GWCA.

Each year, every ward is allocated $1.32 million in aldermanic menu funds to pay for infrastructure improvements. The 47th Ward’s aldermanic menu dollars have been spent for this year, and a full report on last year’s process and results is available on the 47th ward website.  It’s now time to begin the process for the 2015 Aldermanic Menu Program.

Below are a few examples residents typically list on the block audit:

What enhancements would you like to see at the Lake View High School Park?

Curb, alleys and street repairs needed;

Recurring rat problems,

Street lights out,

Damaged or overhanging trees,

Graffiti;

Street flooding;

We give everyone the opportunity to complete an audit of their block. This audit is the first step in our menu process, and provides our office with information on which improvements are needed in particular areas. The block audit for 2014-15 is now online and you can participate by clicking here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/47blockaudit2014

If you, or someone you know, would like to complete this on paper they can pick up a copy from the 47th Ward Office at 4243 N Lincoln Avenue.  We will be accepting completed audits until midnight on November 25, 2014.

The deadline for completion is November 25.  The 47th Ward Team will then score the audits in December and January, and we will hold our annual vote for menu spending in February or March of 2015.  We expect the menu submission for 2015 to be ready for submission to the City by April.

Nov 8, 2014
gracelandwest
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WARNER PARK TAKES IMMEDIATE ACTION FOLLOWING GUN SHOTS AND ARRESTS

GWCA has been following all the conversations trending on Everyblock (www.everyblock.com) and Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com) websites, as well as inquiries through the GWCA website, since the gunshots occurred in Warner Park recently. One of our GWCA council members contacted a Warner Park representative and she updated us on the changes they are making in the Park which are discussed below:

A newly Installed Mercury halogen lamp was mounted on the high post near the garage. This will illuminate the back part of the yard and gazebo and will run 24/7 during the winter.  The benches located on the west side closest to the garage have been removed. This should help dissuade loitering.  The benches will be installed in a new location in the spring.

The area has been cleared of any high standing shrubbery, including the larger blue spruce, to improve the view from Warner to the alley and eliminate niches. Removing the gazebo is under consideration and might be done if this problem persists. For the moment though the gazebo will stand. The gazebo is lighted.

GWCA believes Warner Park has taken all necessary action regarding suggestions from the Alderman’s office and police department.  Some have also suggested that the garden be fenced but Warner Park representatives believe that would be counter to the intention and purpose of the park. The other suggestion was to have video surveillance operating. The Warner Park representative said she would investigate this option.

GWCA plans to discuss, at its next meeting, making a contribution to Warner Park to help offset some of these security-related costs. We are very appreciative to have access to such a wonderful space in the neighborhood and for the Park administrators’ swift action and concerns for its neighbors’ safety and well-being. If you have any questions or comments, you may make them here or via GWCA site www.gracelandwest.org.

Nov 4, 2014
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GUN SHOTS LAST NIGHT IN WARNER PARK (MON NIGHT)

BELOW ARE TWO PIECES OF INFORMATION FOR YOU TO REVIEW REGARDING LAST NIGHT’S INCIDENT:

The first is reprinted from “Crime in Wrigleyville and Boystown” online publication which may be viewed directly at:

http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2014/11/shake-up-shots-fired-man-beaten-in-lake.html

 

UPDATE: A full update is now up. Our original report follows.

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A series of gang-related incidents broke out in a normally quiet section of nearby Lake View Monday evening, with at least six shots fired and one man being beaten as the events unfolded between 9:40PM and 10 o’clock.

No one was struck by the gunfire. And an officer on the scene said the incidents were related—part of “ongoing gang things.”

We believe four people were taken into police custody during the incident, which appears to have involved predominantly-Hispanic gangs.

A CWB reader who estimates 10 shots were fired on her block reports  a “good response from CPD.”

Please note the preliminary nature of the following information:

Police responded to the area of Clark and Southport after a series of 911 calls reporting shots fired and a man with a gun. Officers eventually found six shell casings outside of a home in the 1400 block of Warner.

A number of individuals were detained along Warner and on side streets while others fled into nearby alleys and yards. Initial indications are that the people who were rounded up in the immediate area had been targeted by rival gang members.

Witnesses reported seeing a silver or gray Altima with tinted windows flee the scene westbound. It is not clear if it was involved in the shooting.

As police searched the area, one unit came across a battery in progress near Lake View High School in the 1400 block of Irving Park Road. Several Hispanic men fled the scene in a white van while one or two others scurried into a nearby alley.

Officers believe they located the van minutes later near the Ravenswood Metra Station.

Early information to CWB has two individuals from the van being taken into custody with a third person going in from the 1400 block of Irving Park, and a fourth from Warner.

None of the individuals who were targeted in the gunfire wished to involve police in the matter. Most of them were released after police completed contact cards.

A reckless conduct case was opened at the Irving Park scene, which police say was related to the shooting attempt.

 

 

The below is from an email received from the Alderman’s office early this morning prior to the story unfolding further:

Commander confirmed that two shell casings were recovered at 1454 W Warner and that no one was hit. They have two in custody. He is keeping his tactical teams in the area and investigating the source of the gang activity, and we are working on that with them.

At this point, it is important that people call 911 if they see groups of young men who are not from the neighborhood congregating in Graceland West. In the meantime there will be an increased police presence around the neighborhood.

 

If you would like to read or participate in ongoing discussions on this and other neighborhood subjects, I highly recommend downloading the ap “EVERYBLOCK” and you will see all the on-goings in and around Graceland West.

 

GWCA still needs block reps for communication and outreach – Please email brad@skyprocessing.com if you are interested and we can discuss further. Also, please email brad for Crime Prevention Tips which are also part of the membership materials.

 

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