I wonder how much they make at a subway, but now we have an answer about 600 to 800 at a subway on Lake street. We know because it was robbed recently. I have always said that the residents of Oak Park, IL do not take their security seriously and this just adds to the list of potential victims: local businesses. So much for doing deposits or putting money mid-day in a safe that can only be accessed at certain times of the day or individuals. Problem is that this article (see below) does not tell the whole story. Maybe that is a good thing, because we really do not want to give criminals ideas but if you can rob a Subway on a street that is busy like Lake Street. These criminals have obviously figured out something if they got away on Lake street, I mean the traffic alone on Lake Street, should have stopped their getaway plans.
I am not saying you cannot go by your normal day to day activities but keep an eye out for a suspicious characters or activities. Most of these “signs” are easy to see and usually come from a mile away. Just being vigilant helps I know I sound like a mom, or even my mother but I rather be paranoid than robbed and/or dead. The thing is when you are ordering food you do naturally drop your guard so kudos to the criminals for realizing this and striking at a place that you would not usually think of. Hell, this will make me be on red alert when I go to Five Guys or any of the businesses on Lake Street. It’s funny because when I think of it now there is a very light police presence on Lake Street (downtown), so the chances of it reoccurring are fairly high. Oh well, #staywoke bitches!
Here is the article I mentioned earlier:
Wow so the Oak Park police will escort you through the area if you feel threatened? Lol how about having some extra patrols through the area? Honestly, if I am calling the police because I do not feel safe at that point I believe you will need more than an escort. Or if you are calling the police it is after a crime has already been committed. I wonder how many crank calls, or nervous “nillys” have called in to use this service already? It seems to me like throwing money at a problem that does not match the solution at all.
Instead of doing more patrols just call us if you feel scared? Huh? What is the criteria for getting a ride like this? What is the timeframe? What is the average cost for each time this service is used? How effective is this service to deterring crime? Is the service being used properly, i.e.: is there an actual threat?
There a ton of questions I can ask but to me, this just seems like a fluff piece of news, or a way for the police department or village to act like it is being proactive without doing something really substantial. Oh well it’s your tax dollars at “work”
Here is an article that discusses the ”program”: https://patch.com/illinois/oakpark/oak-park-offers-police-escort-pedestrians-dusk-dawn
I saw in the news that an elderly gentleman was murdered brutally in Oak Park, IL on Austin avenue hopefully they catch who did it. Unfortunately, the news channel I was watching showed a picture of this “welcome sign” that had green plan management’s name written all over it, since they own or manage a lot of the rental spots in Oak Park, IL it makes me leery to rent from them. I have had last dealings with this management company about security and the representatives have all given bull shit excuses or drag their feet when I asked about solutions to my security concerns (When renting from them).
Mostly that it was “Oak Park” and I am safe here yada yada yada however I now wonder how tragedies and crimes that happened to this gentleman have happened or occurred due to crimes of opportunity or is there a direct/indirect link to this management company or was it by chance that the cameraman used THIS sign. Even though it happened on Austin avenue which everyone will rationalize is the borderline with Chicago ie: the Austin area, therefore crimes like this “will happen”.
I wonder what it will take to get the necessary data to secure the area to the point of which it is believed to be safe? Will news outlets realize the ” casual” reference they made or is there something more? All I know is that when I saw that sign every memory of every security issue I had with green plan management came flooding back to me. I just hope that the same ignorance I faced was not part of the case here.
Here is an article that briefly discusses what happened to the elderly gentleman: https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/death-of-81-year-old-oak-park-man-ruled-a-homicide-468253793.html
Recently at Oak Park and Washington avenues there was a report about a Young girl being harassed by a gentleman in a car who wanted to give her a ride. I told my mother about it and she responded that back in the day guys usually would do that to ask girls out, however nowadays you don’t know what crazies are up to now. But also on the other hand, the girl was 16 and smart enough to report it, the guy probably saw his description on the news and will not try to pick up a younger woman again or at least from his car. But as I said before the kids in Oak Park, IL have to pay attention and get their heads out of their phones at least when they are walking alone down the street.
The good thing was, as creepy as this guy may have been, he proposed this ride from his car (a safe distance from the girl) and it could have been a lot worse, as is the case (in what we read) about most abductions. The silver lining here is that everyone is okay and this can be used as a “lesson” to remind kids and parents that things like this can happen here in Oak Park, Il, therefore when people say, “pay attention to your surroundings” to these kids walking around oblivious. Hopefully this is a message that is not hard to learn and stays with everyone for a very long time.
This is a link that briefly discusses the incident and a description of the suspect: https://patch.com/illinois/oakpark/stranger-offers-ride-girl-16-oak-park
The flu is going around and unfortunately, I have been so sick that I have been only able to go to work, come home, watch SOME TV, fluids, fluids, fluids, and go to bed. So just look at it as a mini break however I got sick from nastiness. Although I have been able to write a bit, it just needs to be scheduled and posted. A lot of it are things that I have already said regarding the veneer that Oak Park, IL tries to shine up for the rest of the area and world, that it is without fault, well, whoops they have been active in proving me right and that illusion wrong.
You hate for anyone to be victim to crime, assault or just being bamboozled but the way this year is unfolding all the “trash talking” as some people might call it. Is all being backed up. All you have to do is read the local paper or watch the news, which makes it easier for me to rant or not rant at all, and take a holiday, because Oak Park, IL seems to be eager to show its stupidity this year! All the while I can just sit back a drink hot (earl grey) tea, eat chicken noodle soup, have a couple Ritz crackers for a snack or even prepare a few cough drops for the inevitable gnashing while just sitting back and watch the lie unfold. Thanks Oak Park, IL for proving yourselves wrong.
So like I said the stupid has hit Oak Park, Il just a hint to all carjackers that the streets and traffic in Oak Park, Il are NOT conducive to carjacking, crimes that include a car, or driving in any shape or form. The idea of anyone young or old whizzing in a car through the streets of Oak Park, Il is ridiculous yo ass is California dreaming.
I just do not understand the reasoning behind it but I guess there is no thinking or reasoning with criminals. The idea of getting away from the cops in Oak Park Il is silly. Let me clarify getting away from the state or Chicago police, is silly, the Oak Park Il police, yeah you have a good chance if you are a runner. But the two kids in this farce of a crime do not look like runners in any sense nor do they look like they have a brain or half of one between the two.
Which is very sad, from a standpoint that these kids feel they need to steal to get their kicks or make a little money to get ahead. But hell it frees up the job market from two idiots that for some freak reason might get a job that I would apply for in the future, that’s if they didn’t steal that car. Maybe got a job and, or an education but hey do you boo, I am about getting paid.
And after being in Oak Park, Il for so long I know how two-faced people are espousing “hate don’t have a home here” but don’t have your black friends park in front of my house even if its zoned for public parking! I want to get paid and then out this shit hole. I am not trying to stay around those fake asses or be in an area that dumbasses think they can escape in.
I was watching another afternoon NBC Channel Five news report about how people were adding positive aspects to Oak Park, IL this one was about how to identify those with Mental Health issues with green bracelets. Now, I am the first to be on the fence regarding this because it does invade the privacy of the individual with mental health problems plus their family and friends as well. However, at the same time how many times have you heard of a news report about police harming or shooting individuals that attacked them, and that individual had mental health issues? These bracelets may be a red flag that these individuals are suffering from mental health problems which can save their lives and others if their mental situation deteriorates, but it can also unfairly mark them for discrimination.
At this point police departments are willing to try and offer this solution to help stem any future tragedies is a great idea. Until there are factual cases of discrimination or better ways to identify and help these individuals then these mental health bracelets are the best thing since slice bread for all parties involved. In Chicago to be a Police Officer only 60 College credits are needed, therefore the highest needed for law enforcement work is an Associates or a Bachelor’s degree. You will not get a legal licensed Psychologist for a Cop to arrive at a scene (a call) if someone with Mental Health issues is involved and at least the green bracelet with help officers in Oak Park, IL to identify this an issue and be able to request the right (licensed) person to help.
The only other solution is to require Police Officers to undergo at least 20 more hours of Psychology classes that cover mental health issues and other patterns of human behavior that they may encounter at the job. That is very doubtful, due to the costs involved for the schooling either paid by the officers or the local governments and then add all the time needed to learn all that material in the end it may not seem that logical to enforce such a requirement. In other words the green bracelets foregoes the need for extra intensive training for the officers saves money for the local governments and allows everyone to be protected physically and legally in the end.
This is the video article that talks about the Green Mental Health bracelets and the police officers who thought of the idea and made it possible:
This is the original article that talked about the Green Mental health bracelets:
I dumped some wallpaper to a google plus collection for public use.
“Security in Oak Park, IL wallpaper”: https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/U84UEE
“Oak Park IL fingers up wallpaper”: https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/suYVEE
The first collection of wallpaper I have posted in the collections selection of Google Plus I called “Oak Park IL fingers up wallpaper”. This is a sarcastic group collection of wallpapers for your computer (PC/MAC) regarding Security issues in Oak Park, Illinois. As I have posted on the blog before, the entities from building management companies, to the OP police department treat security issues and threats as if they have better things to do, like watch paint dry. Therefore, this collection is more of a statement towards the ones that don’t give a shit about you while you travel, rent, own or patron anything in Oak Park, IL your dollars are greatly not appreciated and Oak Park, Il could give a flying fig if you are butt hurt about it.
The second collection is called “Oak Park IL fingers up wallpaper”. What it is, is a collection of sarcastic wallpapers giving Oak Park IL both fingers up. I recreated a photo I once saw and crafted a template around it telling Oak Park, Il where the fuck to go. This is how most people feel half the time when dealing with such everyday Oak Park, Il issues like parking or taxes. Fuck them Fuck the people in Oak Park, Il who make your life miserable.
I was recently watching the ID channel series called the “Nightmare Next Door”, and there was this one episode called “master key murder” that illustrated one of the issues I had with Oak Park apartments. In a previous blog post, I mentioned I had a master key that opened every door in my apartment building, and how after I found out I received nothing but resistance in trying to change the locks too (at least) my apartment.
Well, this episode from the series “Nightmare Next Door”, a promising young woman is hacked into pieces by her crazy stalking neighbor who… Had a master key to the entire apartment building. At one point, not on did he steal condoms from his neighbors but also had a pair of used (had DNA on it) panties from the victim.
Of course, this was only found out with police searched his apartment but it proves my point that sick ass individuals are out there doing the exact same crazy shit I was worried about. The same stuff that Oak Park Apartments representatives thought I was being silly about or just being dramatic about. Those dumb bitches have no clue about how serious an issue, of having a “floating” master key is.
This crime on illustrates why property management companies, should be extremely careful with individual apartment keys, master key, and all their copies. Plus, anyone who rents should watch this episode or research this tragic case to get a heads up. When I moved to my new place I made sure I got new locks on the main door and had extra locking systems put into place so I can be safe from all the freakin creeps out there. The ones Oak Park Apartments think do not exist.