ALBANY PARK — Crime in the 17th District is down 6 percent to date in 2012 compared with the same period in 2011 and down 16 percent versus two years ago, Commander Melissa Staples told attendees at Wednesday's CAPS meeting for Beat 1712.
"We had a bad fall last year," Staples said, adding that the district has been quiet this year.
The district has seen five murders in 2012, compared to six in 2011, and robberies have decreased from 268 in 2011 to 219 this year.
Despite the progress, Staples said residents should not lower their guard.
"We average about a robbery a day," she said, urging people to be mindful of potential thieves when using their cell phones.
Auto theft is another trouble spot, with 60 cars reported stolen in the last month and 645 overall in 2012.
Cars most frequently targeted include 1990s models of Honda Civics and Accords, Nissan Altimas and Toyota Camrys, Staples said.
With CPD focusing its resources on districts with high crime rates, the 17th is operating with 30 fewer officers than its ranks boasted three years ago, largely due to retirements.
"I think we're doing more with less," Staples said. "I'm very proud of the work these guys do here."
The next CAPS meeting for Beat 1712 is scheduled for Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m., at Mayfair Community Church, 5020 N. Pulaski Road.