Roscoe Village Neighbors (RVN) is saddened to inform you of two additional robberies in our neighborhood in recent days at Four Treys and Commonwealth Tavern. RVN takes the increase in crime where we live, work and play very seriously. As we continue to grapple with the increasing frequency and severity of crime in our neighborhood, we want to keep you informed of several updates:
- The Commonwealth Tavern robbery was recorded on camera by the new Roscoe Village NOW (Neighborhood on Watch) Network. These cameras were the first of dozens to be installed in our neighborhood. The NOW Network captured video of the suspects as they parked and walked into Commonwealth, and it facilitated the transmission of photos and video to detectives at the police department who are investigating this crime.
- Consistent with our prior efforts, we continue to advocate on behalf of Roscoe Village for the city to allocate additional officers to the 19th District. Compared to 2011, the city of Chicago is down over 2,000 officers, and the 19th District alone is down more than 100 officers. If you are inclined to help, we ask that you add your voice to the effort and send a personal message to City Hall. For your use and convenience, we have included a sample form for contacting Mayor Rahm Emmanuel below.
RVN is proud to represent such a passionate community committed to making our neighborhood a safe place to live and work. To get involved, please contact RVN at email@example.com or become a member at roscoevillage.org.
Roscoe Village Neighborhood Watch Committee
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To: Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Phone: (312) 744-3334
121 N LaSalle Street
Chicago City Hall 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
Re: request for increased police presence in the 19th District
Dear Mayor Emanuel,
My name is _____________________ and I live at _____________________ in Roscoe Village. Historically, Roscoe Village has been a very safe neighborhood to live, work, and play. We chose to move our family into this neighborhood for exactly this reason and hope to continue to recruit new members to our community because of Roscoe Village’s great reputation.
However, lately, there has been a drastic increase in crime including armed robberies and armed car-jackings, which was previously unprecedented. This is not acceptable. I am contacting you to respectfully demand an immediate increase in police presence in Roscoe Village, as promised by Mayor Emanuel and Superintendent Johnson.
We are no longer able to be proactive regarding crime as staffing at the 19th Police District has been cut drastically, response times for 911 emergency calls have increased and there are far fewer officers patrolling the streets of Roscoe Village.
Many families with small children who walk to school and activities are no longer safe. Business owners are challenged to protect clients who are no longer safe. And my neighbors and visitors who shop and eat in our many small businesses are no longer safe.
I no longer feel safe in my own neighborhood, with no resolution in sight. I prefer to remain in my beloved neighborhood where I can continue to contribute my business to local shops and maintain my employment in the downtown area. Safety of my family is my priority, even if this means we must leave our neighborhood to be safe in our everyday lives. In response to this growing issue of crime, a huge reactive change is required to increase the number of police officers patrolling Roscoe Village to bring back safety to our neighborhood.