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Kupczyk Tells Chamber Crime Dips in 8th District

Residents of Chicago’s Garfield Ridge and Clearing neighborhoods can sleep a bit more soundly because crime is reportedly down in those areas.

Chicago Lawn (8th) District Cmdr. John Kupczyk gave an update on crime in the area at the Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday.{{more}}

Ò(In) the city as a whole, crime is actually down,” said Kupczyk. ÒThrough the end of August, citywide crime is down a little more than 3 percent.

ÒWe are doing something right.”

Kupczyk stated that the 8th District office received 50 extra officers at the beginning of the summer.

ÒHopefully residents have seen the difference,” said Kupczyk.

He stated that garage/house burglaries have been down, even though it is still an issue in areas.

ÒWe look for a pattern and we have officers out on midnights watching,” said Kupczyk.

Towards the end of his crime update, Kupczyk stated that on Sept. 29 at approximately 5:30 p.m., a man exposed himself to a young female.

The offender was seated in a vehicle and called to the victim, who approached his vehicle.

The offender asked the victim if she had seen his dog. The victim then observed the offender exposing himself,.

This incident happened on the 6200 block of South Meade Avenue.

The offender is described as a white male, with short brown hair mixed. He is approximately 30 to 50 years old, and was wearing a multi-colored top and a white and black jacket.

If residents have any information about this incident, they should contact the Area One Detective Division at (312) 747-8380.

Additional business was then brought forward.

The Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce Dinner Dance will take place from 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Nov. 12.

The event will take place at The Mayfield, 6072 S. Archer Ave., Chicago.

Teacher of the year nominations sponsored by the chamber included John Bobek from St. Daniel The Prophet School and Joel Moritz from Gloria Dei Lutheran School.

The Bedford Park Village Hall will host an E-Scrap Drop Off Days on Wednesday, Nov. 2 through Friday, Nov. 4.

The event will take place in the village hall parking lot, 6701 S. Archer Ave., Bedford Park.

Acme Refining will pick up residents old electronic items and dismantle, segregate and refine the electronics contained in the E-Scrap.

Acme will accept computers, data storage devices, tapes, switches, cable boxes/modems, printers, fax and copy machines, wireless devices, video game consoles, electronic medical equipment and more.

For additional information on the E-Scrap Days, contact Donna Smith at (708) 496-0336.

The annual 23rd Ward Democratic Organization pumpkin jamboree parade will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.

The lineup will take place at 10 a.m. at 59th Street and Nordica Avenue.

Residents who would like to participate in the parade should contact Cong. Dan Lipinski’s (D-3rd) office at (312) 886-0481 by Tuesday, Oct. 25.

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