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The Evanston Police Department issued the Evanston Crime Index for 2009, which reflects a decrease in reported violent crimes from 291 in 2008 to 246 in 2009, and a decrease in reported property crimes from 2,741 in 2007 to 2,380 in 2009.

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 accompanying table below shows the number of reported crimes in each of these categories for 2008 and 2009.

Violent crimes have trended downward from 349 in 1999 to 226 in 2005; they then trended upward to 299 in 2008, before dropping to 246 in 2009.

Property crimes have shown a steady decline from a high of 4,858 in 2000 to 2,380 in 2008.

 “Contributing to this success is the Evanston Police Department’s ability to analyze trends and allocate police resources, to expediently target areas and individuals,” said Commander Tom Guenther, Public Information Officer for the Evanston Police Department. “The Evanston Police Department believes it is critical that all police efforts to address crime and quality of life issues be timely, specifically nuanced in the delivery of police services, and judicious in their application.”

Cmdr. Guenther said members of the Police Department’s command staff attend a strategic deployment meeting each week. At those meetings the command staff discusses crime analysis maps, reviews statistical crime category summaries, analyzes the previous week’s deployment efforts, and develops specific deployment strategies to impact crime in designated geographic areas.

Comdr. Guenther added that the Police Department has also established partnerships with 27 community groups throughout Evanston which has assisted the department to address crime and quality of life issues.

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 †2008 and 2009

  • Murder: 2 (2008), 1 (2009);
  • Criminal Sexual Assault: 5 (2008), 7 (2009);
  • Robbery: 125 (2008), 88 (2009);
  • Aggravated Assault & Battery: 159 (2008), 150 (2009);
  • Burglary: 625 (2008) 546 (2009);
  • Theft: 1,986 (2008), 1,729 (2009);
  • Motor Vehicle Theft: 122 (2008), 94 (2009);
  • Arson: 8 (2008), 11 (2009).

Larry Gavin

Larry Gavin was a co-founder of the Evanston RoundTable in 1998 and assisted in its conversion to a non-profit in 2021. He has received many journalism awards for his articles on education, housing and...