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CPD Lays Out Plan To Combat Carjacking Surge In Chicago Communities Including Edgewater

Carjacking Near Wilis Tower last week

On Friday, Chicago Aldermen looked for guidance from area Police at a Committee on Public Safety meeting to address the recent rash of carjackings that have swept through Chicago neighborhoods including Edgewater.

The numbers are very alarming. A reported 122 carjackings in Chicago since the beginning of 2021, twice as many as last year. In 2020, CPD arrested 1,127 individuals who ended up facing charges that included vehicular hijacking, aggravated vehicular hijacking and criminal trespass to vehicle.

During the Public Safety meeting, CPD offered a plan which included preventative measures, incident response, and crime investigation. Also announced is the expansion of the carjacking task force which began last February. Additional staff will be allocated so that the five Chicago detective divisions are able to support their own specialized units to combat the surge in incidents.

“The procedural plan includes a collaborative effort to work with youth outreach workers, neighbors, the State’s Attorney, and federal partners in order to address the issues on hand,” said Alderman Harry Osterman in an emailed statement. “Locally, the Chicago Police Department’s Area North Detective, 20th District Officers, and 24th District Officers are working immediately to investigate these incidents and designating a special attention to these crimes.”

Edgewater and the surrounding communities have been especially hard hit. Two weeks ago on January 12, three suspects approached an individual on the 1000 block of W. Hollywood and displayed a handguns. The offenders stole the victim’s car and fled the scene. Previous to that on Jan. 5, Authorities alerted the community to a series of five car thefts in the 20th District between Dec. 27-Jan. 2.

CPD has said it will respond to carjackings like shootings or homicides. Their plan will also implement flash messages providing car make/plate info, quick review of LPR and POD cameras, and citywide notification via CW7. Some preventative actions mentioned by CPD include outreach to at-risk juveniles, keeping an eye on social media outlets, and increased patrols on prioritized routes.

The best tip according to police is to simply be aware of your surroundings to avoid armed confrontations.

If you have any information on any of these crimes please call Area North Detectives at 312-744-8263.

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