Community Alert - Overnight Robberies
Crime Must Have Consequences 
Dear Neighbors, 
Below is a police community alert regarding a series of overnight robberies of DePaul  students by what appears to be one group of offenders.  Please contact Area North detectives at 312-744-8263 if you have any information - a description of the offenders and their car is  included.

Adding to this,  just three days ago,  a vehicle was stolen in the 2700 block of Lakewood by armed perpetrators.  Even more disturbing, this happened in the afternoon as a nearby school was letting out.  Thankfully no one was hurt in these incidents, but, this kind of crime is intolerable in our community and, unfortunately, it is once again trending up.

Over the past several months, I have spoken with many of you when crimes occur near your homes or places of work.  These conversations prompted me to research and question recent changes to the laws concerning juvenile offenders, sanitizing juvenile criminal records  and new protocols for setting bail that seem to favor defendants' rights over public safety.

While I have secured a promise of stronger police presence in our Ward, the other key component is that crime must have consequences. I will have a deeper discussion with you in the near future about efforts to ensure laws are enforced to protect our neighborhoods.

What we can do as a community:
  • Post "Neighborhood Watch" Signs - we have them in our office.
  • Turn on your porch light and leave it on at night
  • Pay special attention to any suspicious people loitering in the area.
  • If you are ever a victim of crime, please do not endanger yourself.  Give the offender your belongings.
  • Call 911 immediately. Try to provide as detailed a description as you can of any suspicious person, including clothing and shoes.

TODAY ONLY,  is doubling all donations made to select teacher projects. Kelley Gossler,  the Band Director of Lincoln Park High School was selected to participate with her  Building Technique with Bach and Books .  No donation is too small. Click here to turn your $5 into $10 for this worthy cause. 
Here's a note from Kelley:
Donations of any size will help my kids. Today, any contribution you make to my project will be doubled by The First Million Fund. Your donation will brighten my students' school year, and you'll get heartfelt thank-yous from my class and photos of your gift in action. 

Here's my classroom request: 

Building Technique with Bach and Books 

To have your donation matched dollar for dollar, just make a contribution on that project page -- donations will be doubled automatically. 

My students and I greatly appreciate your support. 


Michele Signature

Michele Smith
Alderman, 43rd Ward 

43rd Ward Office Hours: M 9 AM - 7 PM, T-F 9 AM - 6 PM 
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