Chicago car hijackings hit record
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After reading all the carjackings in Chicago and seeing people complaining about it on the Wicker Park Neighborhood Watch Facebook page, I got curious. Could it really be that bad? And where were the hot spots?

Every year I review the statistics for aggravated assault and battery in Chicago (a type of violent crime), but carjackings would not be included in my data set because they are considered theft. So I decided to pull the data from the Chicago Crime Data Portal and sure enough it’s as bad as everyone says. In fact, on a rolling 12 month basis, the number of carjackings has reached an all-time high based on available data, which only goes back to 2001. Check out the graph below with the red moving average line.

Carjackings in Chicago by month

There really has been a huge increase in car hijackings in Chicago over the past 6 years

The trend had been steadily declining until mid-2015, but then started to increase and the 12-month period ending in August was the worst on record. It is truly amazing. For this 12 month period, there were a total of 1701 incidents. What the hell?

As I did with my other crime stats, I broke them down by community area and was shocked to learn that my neighborhood, West Town, is number 3 in the city. Look at which areas are in front and which are below. Again, what is it? No wonder the people of Wicker Park (part of West Town) are all distorted.

Depending on your browser, you may need to click on the graphic to make it explode.

And you know what’s even worse? Of these 1,701 cases, there were only 92 arrests or 5.4% of the cases. What the hell?

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Gary Lucido is the President of Lucid Realty, the full-service Chicago-area real estate brokerage firm that offers homebuyers discounts and discount commissions. If you want to stay on top of the Chicago real estate market or get an insider’s opinion on the real estate industry’s sordid underworld, you can subscribe to Getting Real by email using the form below. Make sure to verify your email address when you receive the verification notice.