Serious crime appears to be on the rise in Rogers Park, home to Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus (LSC), with 30 violent incidents reported in October.
That’s up from September’s 24 reported incidents — which include shootings, beatings and robberies — according to the Chicago Police Department’s Crime Incidents Report.
These reports include an armed robbery of a Loyola student on the 6400 block of North Glenwood Avenue on Nov. 2. This was reported to the Loyola community in an email from Campus Safety sent later that day. An armed robbery involves a weapon; a strong arm robbery does not.
Criminal activity in the 24th policing district — the policing area that includes Rogers Park and LSC — also included three shootings in the 28 days prior to the most recent report that was released on Nov. 2, according to CPD’s weekly crime statistics.
There have been 33 reported shootings so far this year, compared to 22 at this time last year.
Thomas Waldera, the district commander for the 24th district, could not be reached for comment.
The only arrest made has been in connection to a shooting on the 1600 block of West Juneway Terrace, about two miles north of LSC.
The shooting, which took place on Oct. 10, involved shots fired at a 20-year-old woman who was in a car. The person arrested in connection to the shooting is a 20-year-old man, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Ana Pacheco. The suspect appeared in court Oct. 16, and was charged with aggravated battery and discharge of a weapon, the officer said.
This is not the first shooting at this location this semester. A shooting on Sept. 11, in which a 19-year-old man was killed, is still under investigation, according to Pacheco.
Crime in the community has caused many Loyola students to be constantly alert of their surroundings.
When 19-year-old Mary Beth Jablonowski from Milwaukee arrived on campus as a freshman in August, she was already apprehensive of Chicago’s crime, particularly in the Rogers Park community.
“Over the summer I received some alerts from Campus Safety about robberies and a shooting, so the first week I was here I thought about it a lot,” she said. “After a while, I became more comfortable and realized that as long as I am aware of my surroundings, don’t walk around alone late at night and make smart choices, I don’t have to worry as much,” Jablonowski added.
She also added that she has only received a few crime alert emails from Campus Safety since arriving on campus, and therefore isn’t aware of the crimes that take place in Rogers Park outside of campus boundaries.
“I don’t think they need to alert us about every single thing that happens, but if any crime happens in the area, I think it is important for students to know since we live in the community,” said the communication studies major.
Certain crimes in Rogers Park, such as the ones that took place on West Juneway Terrace, weren’t reported to the Loyola community by Campus Safety.
Bre’Anna Moore-Gordon, an English and communications major from Dolton, Illinois, said that the criminal activity around Loyola is something that is often on her mind.
“[Crime] is something that I think about out of habit,” said the 19-year-old junior. “Regardless of the area [you’re in], your personal safety is always something of which you should be cognizant.”
Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for Loyola students to encounter or witness violent crime. Last March, a Loyola student was the victim of an armed robbery on the 1200 block of Albion Avenue. For some Loyola students, this semester’s violence has hit closer to home.
One student, Amina Naser, 19, said crime has affected her in a different way than it did last year. This year, she knew someone who witnessed a shooting during the first week of the school year.
“There was the shooting at the Morse [Red Line] station earlier this semester and I knew someone who was there,” said the sophomore undecided major, referencing a shooting on the 1300 block of West Morse Avenue on Aug. 31. “I think that when it affects Loyola students… it makes it seem like much more is happening.”
No arrest has been made in connection to the Morse shooting and the investigation is ongoing, according to CPD Officer Thomas Sweeney. The shooting sent a woman and a man to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, with shots to the chest and head, respectively.