Safety in Old Town

Your safety in our community is a top priority for us.

18th District Police

Paul R. Bauer, Commander
1160 North Larrabee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60610
p. 312.742.5870
CAPS018District@chicagopolice.org
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18th District CAPS Office

p. 312.742.5778
CAPS.018district@chicagopolice.org

 

Beat Community Meetings

Meet your beat officer, discuss crime trends and share problem-solving tips for the 18th District.

  • Beat 1811/1812/1813 – 2nd Thursday of every odd month at St. James Lutheran Church (2101 N. Fremont) at 6:00 p.m.
  • Beat 1821/1822/1823 – 2nd Tuesday of every odd month at 18th District, Near North (1160 N. Larrabee) at 6:00 p.m.
  • Beat 1814/1824/1834 – 1st Tuesday of every odd month at Latin Upper School (59 W. North Ave.) at 6:00 p.m.
  • Beat 1831/1832.1833 – 1st Thursday of every odd month at Access Living (115 W. Chicago) at 6:00 p.m.

Any changes will be noted on the 18th District Events Calendar at www.chicagopolice.org.

 

9-1-1 or 3-1-1 — Who are you going to call?

In the case of an emergency, how do you know whether you should call 9-1- 1 or 3-1-1? 9-1-1 should be called for immediate police, fire or emergency medical response. Call 9-1-1 when there is a crime in progress, threat to life or injury, property damage or major loss, reporting a fire, hazardous materials incidents, rescue of a trapped person, and other life-threatening emergencies. 3-1-1 should be used to request City Services and to report situations not requiring a police response. Call 3-1-1 to request non-emergency services or problems (rodent baiting, street lights out, graffiti removal), to find out your police district and information regarding CAPS meetings and to request shelter services information. Visit cityofchicago.org/311 for more information. If you see something, say something. Report suspicious activity to 855-RPRT-2S-4 (855-777-8274). Suspicious activity including, but not limited to, unusual items or situations, eliciting information, observations/surveillance as it could indicate terrorism or terrorism-related crime.

 

General Safety Tips

Take proactive measures to ensure your safety. Here are some tips that can help you stay safe in our community:

  • Walk, ride or jog with a partner
  • Avoid dark, isolated places – don’t walk or park there
  • Be alert, look around
  • Keep at least one hand free – don’t carry bulky bags or packages
  • When alone, avoid wearing headphones or talking on your cell phone
  • Late at night, have someone meet you at the bus stop or train station. Have the taxi driver watch while you enter your home
  • On public transportation, try to use the busiest, best lit stop possible both to get on and get off the bus or train. When waiting for a train, stay close to other people in the most well-lit area of the station. When on the train or bus, sit near the driver or operator
  • After dark, tell family and friends when to expect you and how you will be traveling
  • When at a bar, never lose sight of your drink.
  • Have your house and car keys out and ready to use
  • Follow your instincts – if you feel threatened, go to the nearest open store or business, and call 911 immediately
  • If you are the victim of a mugging, take note of the assailant’s shoes. Many will take off a sweater or pair of pants and have a change of clothes underneath. They usually do not bring a change of shoes! This could be helpful when reporting the incident to the police in the future

Remember:

  • There is safety in numbers
  • Ignoring your instincts is not worth the risk
  • Don’t be afraid or too shy to ask for someone to walk you to your car or home
  • Adopt a frame of mind that allows you to recognize and avoid potential threats on the street

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