Murders and gang activity may have graced headlines in Chicago more often in 2012, but what areas of Chicago are the most dangerous?
Patch broke down all 77 Chicago communities to see where the most and least number of reported criminal activity happened in the last year. Everything from murders to thefts were tallied in the count, and when it comes to how crime-ridden Chicago is, some of the results may surprise you.
With 1206 reported crimes, Beverly ranks 69th out off 77 neighborhoods. Compare that to Chicago’s largest community of Austin where more than 21,300 crimes occurred, landing it in first place
However, when it comes to violent crimes in the last month, another story unfolds. Fuller Park on the South Side took the lead with 4.2 violent crimes for every 1,000 people living there, according to the Chicago Tribune. West Garfield Park directly next to Austin took second with 3.2 violent crimes for every 1,000 residents. Beverly once again landed near the bottom with only 0.1 violent crimes per 1,000 people.
In fact, the overall crime numbers in Beverly have dropped since 2001, according to the data. One area that saw a major drop was property crimes. Those have steadily dropped by about 200, from 678 in 2001 to 473 so far this year.
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Top Five Most Crime-Ridden Chicago Communities:
1. Austin – 21,349
2. South Shore – 11,421
3. Near North Side – 11,209
4. Humboldt Park – 11,164
5. North Lawndale – 10,205
Top Five Safest Chicago Communities:
77. Edison Park – 317
76. Burnside – 511
75. Forest Glen – 580
74. Mount Greenwood – 700
73. Hegewisch - 701