Police change beats following crime

By LINDSAY WELBERS
Staff Writer

The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) and the 2nd District Police say they have stepped up their patrol in the area around 52nd and Greenwood Avenues, where a girl was sexually assaulted on Nov. 6.

Though nobody is in custody yet police say they are still investigating the crime and are not ready to disclose more information, 2nd District Lieutenant Mark Moor said at Ald. Will Burns’ (4th) Ward Meeting on Monday Nov. 19.

A more common problem within the second district is robberies, said Moor.

“There are a lot of people being robbed because they are oblivious to their surroundings,” said Moor. “They are walking around with their expensive iPhones and these kids (who are committing the crimes) are taking phones. … They come into the area because they know there are University of Chicago students in the area and a lot of them have high-tech gadgets so I guess they think its easy prey and they can get $200 for a phone.”

The officers recommend people be fully aware of their surroundings when walking down the street, let someone know when they are going to be at their destinations and keep gadgets in their pockets or out of sight.

“Crime is actually down in our area,” said UCPD Commander Milton Owens. “Robberies, which is plaguing not just the University of Chicago area it’s also a big thing up north, we’ve done a really good job of that.”

Owens said they have been successful in making arrests but because many offenders come from outside the neighborhood tracking them down can be difficult.

“Trust your instincts,” Owens said. “In terms of the sexual assault in the area … once we found out about it we stepped up our patrols in the area.”

l.welbers@hpherald.com