Crime Trends

Crime reduction has been a major success story in our community, throughout Chicago, and in urban cities across the country. Violent crime in the Hyde Park-South Kenwood community (47th Street to 61st Street / Cottage Grove to Lake Michigan) decreased 55 percent from 2004 to 2013 and was down 31 percent over the past five year period, 2009 to 2013.


Violent crime trends

Hyde Park-South Kenwood
Total violent crime, 1999–2013

The following graph portrays Hyde Park-South Kenwood violent crime (murder, criminal sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault and battery) from 1999 through 2013. Although there has been an occasional increase in violent crime comparing one year to another, a steady decrease in violent crime in the community is evident.
Note: from 2001 through the present time, all degrees of criminal sexual assault are included.

  • 1999 418
  • 2000 382
  • 2001 412
  • 2002 359
  • 2003 382
  • 2004 375
  • 2005 412
  • 2006 315
  • 2007 313
  • 2008 245
  • 2009 246
  • 2010 201
  • 2011 223
  • 2012 222
  • 2013 169

Total violent crime
January–December, 2009–2013

The following graphs compare total violent crime (murder, criminal sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault and battery) for the years 2009 through 2013 in the UCPD patrol area and the Hyde Park-South Kenwood (HPSK) neighborhood.

UCPD patrol area

  • 2009 559
  • 2010 478
  • 2011 529
  • 2012 514
  • 2013 379

HPSK

  • 2009 246
  • 2010 201
  • 2011 223
  • 2012 222
  • 2013 169

Hyde Park-South Kenwood
Violent crime
Average per month 2009–2013

The accompanying graph illustrates the average number of violent crimes per month that have been reported in the Hyde Park-South Kenwood community over the past five years. Violent crimes occurred most frequently in July and the lowest average was in February. Over the past five year period covered, 67 percent of the violent crimes were robberies.

  • Jan 16
  • Feb 13
  • Mar 15
  • Apr 17
  • May 22
  • Jun 19
  • Jul 23
  • Aug 16
  • Sep 19
  • Oct 20
  • Nov 16
  • Dec 17

Rate of violent crime incidents per 100,000 population in Hyde Park-South Kenwood compared to Chicago’s 22 police districts
January 1–December 31, 2013

People often ask how the crime rate in Hyde Park-South Kenwood compares to crime in other areas of the city of Chicago. The accompanying graph compares the rate of violent crime per 100,000 population in the Hyde Park-South Kenwood community to the city’s 22 police districts. Caution should be used in making judgments based on this data. Crime rates can vary within police districts and are affected by several factors, including the amount of commercial activity in a community and its daytime population and evening visitor population. Please note the Hyde Park-South Kenwood community is part of District 2 (Wentworth); for comparative purposes, it is treated as its own district in this chart.

Sources: Chicago Police Department/UCPD