CTA Stops Near Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus See 19 Crimes Since Beginning of The Fall Semester

Leslie Owen | The Phoenix

Since Sept. 1, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and Loyola’s Campus Safety have reported 19 crimes on CTA platforms, trains or stations in the 24th district which includes Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus (LSC) and surrounding neighborhoods. Of the 19, five crimes were robberies, four were theft, six were battery and four were criminal damage, according to the Chicago Data Portal

The Loyola Campus Safety Police Log, which reports crimes from within approximately half a mile from Loyola’s campuses, has recently reported a battery on Nov. 7 at 6:16 a.m. and a robbery on Oct. 25 at 7:23 p.m. at the Loyola Red Line Station. A battery was also reported Oct. 20 at 6:16 a.m. at the same stop, according to the crime log. The Nov. 7 incident was the only incident that occurred at the Loyola Red Line Station that wasn’t reported on the campus police log.

The 24th district, Rogers Park, spans from West Howard Street to West Peterson Avenue north to south and from North Ridge Boulevard to the lakefront west to east. It includes the Thorndale, Granville, Loyola, Morse, Jarvis and Howard Red Line stops, according to the Chicago Data Portal. These six stops are the closest L stops to LSC.

Leslie Owen | The Phoenix

Five of the 18 crimes reported by the data portal were committed in the same location on North Haskins Avenue, near the Howard Red Line stop, which is about two miles from Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus (LSC). Of these five crimes, four of them were criminal damage to property and one simple battery.

Two of the four occurred on the same day, Sept. 15, at two different times. At 10:00 a.m. simple battery was reported followed by criminal damage at 1:35 p.m. Another occurred the next day at 8:15 a.m. The most recent crimes in this location occured at 7:40 p.m. on Oct. 12 and then 2:39 p.m. on Oct. 13, according to the portal. The portal reported no arrests.  

The other 13 crimes reported by the data porta included three that occured on West Loyola Avenue near Loyola’s L stop, two on West Thorndale Avenue near the Thorndale stop, two on West Howard Street near the Howard stop, two on West Granville Avenue near the Granville stop, two on North Paulina Street near Howard Street and one each on North Glenwood Avenue near the Morse stop and West Jarvis Avenue near the Jarvis stop, according to the data portal. 

The data reported no arrests for these incidents. 

Leslie Owen | The Phoenix

Of all 18 crimes reported by the data portal, four, or 22%, were reported as damage to property and another four were reported as strong arm robbery with no weapon. Three, or 17% of the 18 incidents, were theft of $500 and under, 12%, or four, of the 18 incidents were simple battery. 

Aggravated assault of a senior citizen, attempted strong arm robbery with no weapon, pocket-picking and theft over $500 each counted for 6%, or one count each, according to the Chicago Data portal.  

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