Yesterday the alderman sent out a special bulletin alerting the community to property crimes that occurred around local synagogues, linking the broken car windows to recent attempted arsons at synagogues in Lakeview, while noting that the two do not appear to be connected. It’s too bad that she was not equally concerned with publicizing alerts abut two recent strong-arm robberies that occurred on the 6100 and 6300 blocks of North Fairfield Avenue, or recent business burglaries and thefts of catalytic converters throughout the 50th Ward.
Residents were beaten and robbed on April 25 and 26 at 8 and 9 p.m. while minding their own business walking down our streets. It appears that the same robbers were involved in both incidents. The alderman never alerted the community. I think people being beaten and robbed in the street is somewhat more important than the breaking of car windows.
Nor did she have anything to say about recent business burglaries or the thefts of catalytic converters, both crimes occurring in various areas of the ward.
During the recent campaign, there were several shootings on or near Devon Avenue. The alderman did not acknowledge them, nor did she send out a community alert about them. She did issue a statement that she had asked that Cook County Police patrol neighborhood streets for 30 days but never said why this was necessary. Yet she has held several community meetings to address property crimes like bike thefts and garage break-ins, graffiti, etc.
I understand Silverstein’s need to pander to her base. By all means let’s keep the synagogues safe. But let’s not forget that the rest of the ward should be safe, too. As alderman for the entire ward, Silverstein should make it her business to alert the entire neighborhood to crimes serious enough to warrant community alerts.
I strongly suggest that neighborhood residents regularly check the 24th District CAPS https://caps24.org/ for community alerts and attend CAPS meetings to support and work with our police.
Don’t depend on the alderman to keep you informed. Silverstein’s eight-year record shows that her first priority is property, not people.