The Evanston Police Department issued the Evanston Crime Index for 2008, which reflects an increase in reported violent crimes from 282 in 2007 to 299 in 2008, and a decrease in reported property crimes from 2,825 in 2007 to 2,739 in 2008.

The crime index is the total number of reported crimes in eight categories selected and defined by the Illinois State Police: murder, criminal sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault and battery, burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The table below shows the number of reported crimes in each of these categories for 2007 and 2008.

Violent crimes trended downward from 349 in 1999 to 226 in 2005, and have trended upward to 299 since then.

Property crimes have shown a steady decline from a high of 4,858 in 2000 to 2,739 in 2008.

The crime index categories do not include simple assault and battery, kidnapping, deceptive practices and other thefts, criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct, and other offenses related to drugs, liquor, vice, weapons, children, arson, and motor vehicles.

Crime Index Crimes – 2007 and 2008

  • Murder: 2 in both 2007 and 2008;
  • Criminal Sexual Assault: 12 (2007), 8 (2008);
  • Robbery: 141 (2007), 125 (2008);
  • Aggravated Assault & Battery: 127 (2007), 164 (2008);
  • Burglary: 861 (2007), 638 (2008);
  • Theft: 1,827 (2007), 1,963 (2008);
  • Motor Vehicle Theft: 137 (2007), 126 (2008);
  • Arson: 0 (2007), 12 (2008).