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Police release 2018 crime statistics

Feb. 21, 2019 – The overall crime rate in Oak Park was essentially unchanged in 2018 as compared to the prior year, according to data compiled by the Police Department for the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program that studies patterns and trends over time.

Oak Park Police investigated 15 more crimes in 2018 than in 2017. However, the two largest categories of crimes against individuals – robbery, which includes vehicle hijackings and assault/battery – declined in 2018.

Ninety-nine robberies and 31 assault/battery reports were investigated in 2018, as compared to 134 robberies and 35 assault/battery cases in 2017. Law enforcement officials say these types of crimes more than any others tend to affect one’s perception of crime.

Oak Park Police Chief LaDon Reynolds said the data underscores the fact that Oak Park is a very safe place to live, work and raise a family.

“I understand how word of a specific crime or type of crime can shape one’s perception of personal safety,” he said. “But I also believe these numbers should allay the concerns of residents whose perception of crime may be based more on news reports and social media posts. The facts related to a crime often change from the initial reports as the investigation progresses toward an arrest.”

Reynolds pointed out that the crime rate in Oak Park remains low, as it has for many years, but added, “I know that statistics may not mean much to someone who has been a crime victim or has come face-to-face with a criminal. That’s why fighting crimes against individuals is such an important priority of the Oak Park Police Department.”

Oak Park Police investigated 1,650 crimes in 2018, compared to 1,635 in 2017. Burglaries and thefts, which historically represent the vast majority of crime in the Village, remained the biggest categories at nearly 87 percent of all crimes committed in the community in 2018.

Thefts were up slightly – 1,077 reports in 2018 compared to 1,035 in 2017 – as were burglaries – 357 in 2018 compared to 311 in 2017. Locking garage doors and keeping a watchful eye on personal belongings are among the best deterrents to these crimes of opportunity, Police say.

Arrests were up in 2018, according to the official report. Oak Park Police arrested 203 suspects in connection with the most serious offense categories tracked under the crime index reporting system. Another 36 individuals were arrested for driving under the influence in 2018 and 27 individuals were arrested for drug violations.

Juvenile crime increased slightly from 2017, with four more crimes investigated in 2018 than the previous year. Juveniles were involved in 42 crimes in 2018, compared to 38 in 2017.

Police also reported eight arrests of juveniles on drug-related charges in 2018, down from 12 in 2017. All of the 2018 juvenile drug arrests were related to violations of the Illinois Cannabis Control Act.

Summary of Crime in Oak Park in 2018

  • Thefts, typically crimes of opportunity, remained the single largest category of crimes reported in Oak Park. Some 1,077 thefts were reported in 2018, compared to 1,035 in 2017. Thefts included 71 unsecured bicycles and 223 items left unattended.
  • Burglary continued to be the second largest single crime category, with 356 cases reported in 2018, compared to 311 in 2017. The burglaries included 179 garages, 115 of which had unsecured overhead or side doors.
  • Police investigated 99 robberies in 2018, compared to 134 in 2017. This category includes 21 vehicle hijackings in 2018, compared to 19 in 2017.
  • Vehicle thefts were down in 2018, as Police investigated 64 incidents compared to 107 incidents in 2017. In 33 of the incidents the keys were left inside the vehicles, 17 of which were unlocked and running.
  • 31 aggravated assault/battery cases were reported in 2018, compared to 35 in 2017.
  • 17 criminal sexual assaults were reported in 2018, compared to nine in 2017. In 14 of the cases, the victim knew the offender or did not want to file a report.
  • Two homicides were reported in 2018, both of which are still under investigation.
  • 3 arsons were reported in 2018, compared to two in 2016. None were considered significant.
  • Police responded to 66,286 calls for service in 2018, compared to 67,580 calls in 2017.

Pie chart of 2018 crime by category

Line chart depicting crime rate from 2001 through 2018

Click here to see the official Uniform Crime Reporting Program report