Violent Crime in Chicago

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When it comes time to move, or even if you just plan to visit a new city, you want to make sure you pick the right neighborhood to go to.  As with any large city, crime in Chicago is higher than it might be in neighboring towns or suburbs.  There are several types of crime, but one that is especially important to consider is violent crime.  In recent years the Windy City has captured national attention for rising rates.  Utilizing data obtained from the Chicago Police Department, violent crimes against humans were analyzed.

Violent crimes committed against another person include the crimes of assault, battery, criminal sexual assault, homicide, human trafficking, kidnapping, and sexual offense.  In 2016, there were 72,240 violent crimes reported in the city of Chicago.  This included 50,228 batteries, 1,433 criminal sexual assaults, 770 homicides, 11 human trafficking incidents, 203 kidnappings, 901 sexual offences, and 18,694 assaults.

Violent crimes committed against another person

Certain neighborhoods have higher concentrations of violent crimes.  The map below details the 77 official communities in the City of Chicago.  The areas with a darker concentration of green show which neighborhoods had the most reports of violent crimes against another person in 2016.

Crime incident heat map in Chicago

Violent Crimes by Neighborhood

The communities the most reports of violent crimes in 2016 included

Austin: 5137

North Lawndale: 2942

South Shore: 2826

Auburn Gresham: 2463

Humboldt Park: 2389

The Austin neighborhood led all of Chicago’s 77 communities in violent crime.  It reported over 2,100 more violent crimes than the second most violent neighborhood, North Lawndale.  In 2016, Austin had 1234 assaults, 3680 batteries, 81 criminal sexual assaults, 88 homicides, 1 incidence of human trafficking, 5 kidnappings, and 48 reports of sexual offences.  In comparing CPD data from 2015, Austin saw a 6% increase overall in violent crime in the Austin neighborhood.

The communities with the fewest reports of violent crime included

Edison Park: 69

Forest Glen: 98

Burnside: 128

Mount Greenwood: 136

Beverly: 172

While Edison Park had the fewest reports of violent crime, the neighborhood saw a 1% increase in violent crimes in 2016 from 2015.  The community reported 18 assaults, 49 batteries, 1 criminal sexual assault, and 0 reports of homicide, human trafficking, kidnapping, and sexual offense.

Total reports if violent crimes in Chicago

 

Battery

The communities with the most reports of battery include

Austin: 3680

North Lawndale: 2173

South Shore: 1986

Auburn Gresham: 1727

Humboldt Park: 1680

The communities with the fewest reports of battery include

Edison Park: 40

Forest Glen: 63

Burnside: 86

Mount Greenwood: 107

Beverly: 108

Assault

The communities with the most reports of assault include

Austin: 1234

South Shore: 746

North Lawndale: 669

Auburn Gresham: 637

Humboldt Park: 607

The communities with the fewest reports of assault include

Mount Greenwood: 26

Edison Park: 27

Forest Glen: 33

Burnside: 38

Montclare: 43

Criminal Sexual Assault

The communities with the most reports of criminal sexual assault include

Near North Side: 84

Austin: 81

Near West Side: 62

South Shore: 47

Roseland: 47

The communities with the fewest reports of criminal sexual assault include

Forest Glen: 0

Mount Greenwood: 1

Edison Park: 1

Montclare: 1

West Elsdon: 1

Beverly: 1

Bridgeport: 1

Sexual Offences

The communities with the most reports of sexual offence include

Austin: 48

Near West Side: 47

Loop: 32

South Lawndale: 32

Near North Side: 30

The communities with the fewest reports of sexual offence include

Burnside: 0

Calumet Heights: 0

Edison Park: 1

Montclare: 1

Homicide

The communities with the most reports of homicide include

Austin: 88

Englewood: 49

New City: 42

West Englewood: 36

North Lawndale: 33

Greater Grand Crossing: 33

The communities with the fewest reports of homicide include Burnside, Edison Park, Montclare, Forest Glen, Mount Greenwood, North Center, Hegewisch, North Park, O’Hare, Clearing, Beverly, and Lincoln Park.  All had 0 homicides in 2016.

Kidnapping

The communities with the most reports of kidnapping include

Chatham: 11

Auburn Gresham: 9

Washington Heights: 9

Belmont Cragin: 8

Humboldt Park: 7

Ashburn: 7

The communities with the fewest reports of kidnapping include Burnside, Edison park, Montclare, Forest Glen, Mount Greenwood, Hegewisch, North Park, O’Hare, Hyde Park, Armour Square, Archer Heights, Kenwood, Fuller Park, West Lawn, and Hermosa.  All had 0 kidnappings in 2016.

Human Trafficking

The communities with the most reports of human trafficking include Humboldt Park, Englewood, South Chicago, Austin, West Englewood, Roseland, Woodlawn, the Loop, West Garfield Park, Near West Side, and Grand Boulevard.  All had 1 case of human trafficking.

The rest of the communities in Chicago reported 0 cases of human trafficking.

Percentage Change in Violent Crime (2015-2016)

The communities with the largest percentage increase in violent crime from 2015-2016 include

Hegewisch: 36%

Montclare: 20%

North Park: 19%

Fuller Park: 18%

Forest Glen: 18%

Near North Side: 18%

The communities with the largest percentage decrease in violent crime from 2015-2016 include

Archer Heights: -21%

Mount Greenwood: -14%

Hyde Park: -13%

Hermosa: -10%

Albany Park: -10%

Change violent crime in Chicago from 2015 to 2016Sample size may have played a large role in the percentage increase and decrease in overall violent crime.  In communities that had very few incidents of violent crime in 2015, a small increase in violent crime can result in a large percentage increase.  This is probably why some of the neighborhoods with the most reports of violent crime did not see high percentage increases.

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