My Crappy backdoor lock to my Apartment In Oak Park, IL part 2

With the video, my buddy took of the “moving” lock of my back door which I have posted it on Youtube.com. For the second reason, why I post it was so that those who want to move into any of the buildings in Oak Park, Il can see the lackluster job that that this building management company has done in terms of the security for their renters.

As you can see the door is an old-fashioned wood panel door with half the door made of a window frame inlet. Meaning the construction of this door was great for maybe the 1940’s or 1950’s but in today’s society, such a door cannot withstand the criminal, their intent, and a well-placed kick or rock.

Entry into the apartment is frankly easy, even though there is a piece of plastic (1/4) over the window frame it still has areas of vulnerability that needs to be addressed. That having a moving top (main) lock does not solve or help the situation. In fact, it looks like a couple hits from a hammer and a screwdriver to this lock and anyone can get in. With the neighbor downstairs sanding and causing so much racket, none of the other neighbors or myself would hear a burglar forcing their way through this crappy ancient door.

I mentioned it to the guy who showed me the apartment and they said they would be fixed by the time I moved in, so you see how well that went. I hope this video shows potential renters what they face where they rent in Oak Park, IL or anywhere for that matter when you deal with apartment management company that does not give a shit about its renters.

Click here for the video that I posted on Youtube.com about the shitty lock:

https://youtu.be/OyZ6T2iA6Yk

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Chicago’s “The Cost of Segregation” impacts Oak Park, IL

The Chicago area that includes Oak Park, IL “has the fifth-highest” out of 100 big city areas in the country with a problem with a socioeconomically issue that is racially based. A report created by the University of Illinois in Chicago “The Cost of Segregation” this report talks about how the racial lines in the Chicago land area impacts the crime rates, the businesses that are invested in those areas, and how this all impacts everyone in the area.

Now how does Oak Park, IL get involved well in all this? Well the problems of Chicago, IL does overflow into this suburb especially since they share a similar boundary of Austin Avenue. Therefore, the ideal suburb must deal with the backlash of failed policies (economic, political, etc.) of the major metropolitan body it is connected to, and denying that Oak Park, IL is being impacted by it is just absurd.

Getting worried about a Taco Bell entering the area or that the Village board selling out creating high-rises downtown, is nothing compared to everyday issues that the people in the most segregation areas dealt with on a daily basis. Their problems of low economic opportunities sometimes translate into crime, that crime does not stay in that area.

It also creeps into Oak Park, IL, ignorance is not bliss, and partnerships across the borders of Oak Park, IL in the less opportune areas could help stymied crime bleeding into this area. Even Though Oak Park, IL does not seem to have a ton of crime it is best to keep abreast of the issues that impact the area. You can read more about these issues below.

The study from UIC regarding the racial disparities: https://news.uic.edu/new-report-details-chicagos-racial-ethnic-disparities

The Chicago tonight article:

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2017/03/28/report-segregation-costs-chicago-residents-billions-annually

The Cost of Segregation:

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/sites/default/files/article/file-attachments/mpc_cost_of_segregation_web_EMBARGOED.pdf

Failed Stick up attempt on the border of Oak Park, IL

More Crime on the border of Oak Park, IL and Chicago at Madison and Austin avenues. Does not seem to end however the victim was a concealed gun carrier and managed to shoot one of his assailants to avoid being robbed. Looks like that is what needs to be done to exist in Oak Park, IL, and Chicago, since what really needs to be done i.e.: Economic development is not being accomplished.

Unfortunately, this victim did not get the other scumbags it is bad enough these criminals tried to mug a grown man, could you imagine if this was a woman? Or how about an Older woman (since Oak Park is filled with them) being robbed?

Would that get the two communities working to developing opportunities in this borderline area to stem crime? Would the OP Police force get the equipment, manpower and probably assistance on getting the job done in keeping Oak Park, Il safe like it is advertised?

Most likely. There must be a reallyyyy violent crime to get the attention of the civil leaders of Oak Park, IL to divert their attention away from making money off of high rises to deal with this issue. Then only for about two seconds and then they are back to their money-making ways, while the rest of us must deal with the stark reality that crimes like this actually happen in Oak Park, IL

Here is the brief article that discusses the failed stick up attempt:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/news/ct-oak-teen-shooting-death-tl-0527-20170527-story.html

 

Telling people about Oak Park, IL

I think I may have introduced a non-internet person to the blog I was getting my hair done, and I was talking to the stylist about where I live you know how that comes up in small talk at a hair salon. The stylist was like “Oh Oak Park nice!” and I had to stop her right there because I am not going to let anyone get hoodwinked by this shitty little village ever again.

I told her that even some of the residents hate it because of the crime and how the village is condensing these developments near downtown Oak Park. Being from Berwyn, IL she thought that the development was great although she would not go into the area because of the traffic. I immediately told her a lot of people in Oak Park, IL are feeling the same way, crushed by the construction, traffic and parking situation that faces people every day in Oak Park, IL.

I told her about the Old Lady on Harvey story that wanted me to move my car and she stated that “they have parking restrictions in Berwyn but it is not THAT bad!” yup. Of course, it is only that bad in Oak Park, IL a shitty little village trying to be a big city in its downtown without the infrastructure, planning or vision to carry this monumental feat off.  I told her about the blog and some of the other stories that I still must write on here, and she told me she is good staying in Berwyn!

Hey, at least I got another converter or person steering clear of Oak Park, IL and all its craziness before it is too late and that is the main reason why, why I started this blog. Go elsewhere but here.

Oak Park, IL is getting crazy with crime again, emphasis on crazy.

Oak park, Il is getting crazy with crime if you do not have to deal with people stealing Flonase at the Jewel on Madison, to a burglary attempt on Golo gas station on Chicago Ave, with ski masks. They are also breaking into garages to steal a red Toro snow blower.

If Oak Park, Il is not attracting the wrong element and the most idiotic criminals on the planet, we are now hosting fugitives from other states, not just simple ones, the violent ones who stab family members and skip their home state to come to Oak Park, IL to enjoy the wonders the village has to offer. Of course, that means we have a bunch full of crazy walking around in Oak Park, IL, like a ticking time-bomb ready to go off with any slight and the assholes in this village piss me off on my best day, even with a couple in my system! So you can just imagine how many people came in touch with these crazies as they committed their various crimes now, they do have the out of state (would be) killer in custody but that is probably because there were other law enforcement agencies involved.

The question that needs to be asked is: what are local officials and law enforcement doing to stem the increase in local crimes?

Are the local cops doing enough? Do they have enough training or equipment or staff/budget?

Are the village trustees worried about pet projects from school pools and getting behind new lucrative developments that they are simply ignoring the safety issues around this suburb?

When are, residents going to start protests to the lack of action to this type of stuff not being met with a public response?

Will the residents add protesting about crime problem to the problems they raise about new developments around the village i.e.: trees, and grass-killing shade? Maybe not will be done until something tragic happens, as something newsworthy then maybe then.

Click here for the news about the Attempted burglaries, ski masks, milk, Flonase and all:

https://patch.com/illinois/oakpark/oak-park-crime-report-attempted-burglary-ski-mask-flonase-theft

Click here for the news about the fugitive hiding in Oak Park, IL, here is the article:  https://patch.com/illinois/oakpark/michigan-man-wanted-fatal-stabbing-brother-law-arrested-oak-park

Violent Carjacking and murder in Oak Park, IL

Unfortunately, there has been another more tragic than usual, senseless crime that has occurred in Oak Park, IL involving a carjacker and a gentleman that tried to stop him that ended in the victim being killed. There have been suspects questioned but that is about it. The unnerving thing about this is that it occurred at 6:40 pm outside the Jewel on Roosevelt road across from the Big Guys stand, this area has heavy traffic so I cannot imagine how the suspect got away nor was able to drag the victim with the car.

It also reminds us that no matter what we have been “sold” about an area being safe like Oak Park, IL we must remain vigil and constantly alert because there is always some scumbag trying to take advantage of us. The only positive thing that can be taken from this is a lesson (in three parts):

  1. to remain alert of your surroundings no matter where you are at whether it is the Southside of Chicago to the borders of Oak Park/Berwyn, Il
  2. Never leave your car running unattended no matter how quick you think you can accomplish the task it just gives scum like the criminal in the article the opportunity to rob you blind or in this case, worse.
  3. If you do get carjacked: let them take it, and report it to the cops and then your insurance immediately. Even though you need a police report to start the process with the insurance company it is best to get something started as soon as possible.

Hopefully, with this crime happening on the border of Berwyn and then escalated up Harlem Ave, ie: Forest Park, other law enforcements entities will be able to join in the search for the killer of this young guy trying to do the right thing.

Here is the article that discusses more about what happened during this senseless crime:

http://abc7chicago.com/news/several-questioned-in-connection-with-fatal-oak-park-carjacking/1977112/

More Crime in Oak Park, IL at my fav 7-eleven!

Yeah, so crime hit one of my favorite stops on my way to the downtown area the 7-Eleven on Chicago avenue was hit by two bozos with a gun. Kind of crazy because every time I go into this location there is either a cop leaving, or coming in as I leave so I thought this was a better or safer location but I guess I was wrong. I wonder what all the taxes that the residents pay to go to?

Oh right, that money is going to be used for swimming pools they cannot use and helping developers pimp out downtown Oak Park instead of paying for more cops. Or are the cops are even doing their job? For some of the stupid crimes that are listed in the article below, it seems this is either a mixed bag answer or just a standard “no” especially when the offenders fleeing on foot from this 7-eleven location.

These are some of the dumbest criminals on the face of the planet who only got $60 for their troubles and then run away to …safety because they are no cops to stop them. Of course, Oak Park, IL’s government is not concerned with important matters like safety or parking issues for its residents just the high rise and making a buck off the trust of the residents.

Click on the link to see the details about the holdup at the 7-Eleven and other crimes that faced Oak Park, IL recently:  http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/4-11-2017/7_Eleven-on-Chicago-Ave.-robbed-at-gunpoint/

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Crime in River Forest and Oak Park, IL

Ah so there has been an uptick in crime in River Forest the area that is usually not touched by crime as Oak Park, Il usually is but now is getting the brunt of its isolationist policies. Both suburbs are linked together in more ways than one, and unfortunately, both are bordered heavily by poor black areas. Oak Park, Il has the Chicago Austin area and River Forest has the suburb of Maywood, I mean if I was on a board of trustees or governing body I would try to reach to these areas to see what I could do to bring some economic development to these areas so hopefully it would attract investment back into these communities and reduce crime.

But noooooo, Oak Park hides behind cula-da-sacs and River Forest hides behind a huge network of Forest Preserves as if criminals wouldn’t run through a forest, obviously, the city planners never watch a Friday the 13th film before. As the crimes are more economic based than run of the mill crazy violence. Therefore, it must be determined what are the motivators behind the criminal’s actions and there is nothing more motivating than living across the street from a bunch of self-delusional shmucks who think an address guarantees safety.

I thank god am not one of those people and I am paranoid, as the good people of Oak Park, Il like to call it, 24/7 but at least I still have all my shit. So until these burbs take the reasonable approach and help build up the communities around them the problem will always exist and problems like these will always get worse.

 

Burglaries in River Forest rose in this article:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/3-7-2017/Theft,-break_ins-drove-River-Forest-crime-uptick-in-2016/