Oak Park, IL is violent af

I recently was doing a search for stuff on Oak Park, IL for the Halloween Season because it’s so boring here. And I used Google which had a list of questions that was frequently asked on the site. The site question was: “Is Oak Park IL safe?”  LOL Really people are we trying to find out if this hippie-fascist village is safe? At this point it is a foregone conclusion, especially if you are reading this (you are still alive).

But according to the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) you have a one to thirty-two chance of being a victim of a reported crime. Yes, I said reported crime, because not all crimes are reported. Taking into the basic population of Oak Park, Il around 51 thousand people that is a not a good statistic most of these crimes are property related. But the village average of violent crimes is higher than the state (Illinois) average of violent crimes, averaged out to 348 violent crimes per square mile in the village.

Meaning that Oak Park, Il is not as safe as it appears to be, the village might as well integrate with the Austin area and bring down its crime rate. Hahahahahaha! Wild wild west: Oak Park, IL. And now you wonder why people do not want to live in this dusty lawless little burb. Do not believe the hype.

Here is the website with Oak Park, IL statistics:

https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/il/oak-park/crime

Preckwinkle our beloved Cook County president on Crime

OMG! Preckwinkle talking about the crime in Chicago is redundant especially considering that she is the Cook County president and what has she done to assist in bringing down crime? A Soda tax? Just fucking annoying to hear that she is now discussing this issue when the person who whooped her ass for the office of the Mayor of Chicago. Now to complain about the Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson after how long? Did she ever complain to Rahm Emanuel about the crime rates or the Superintendent? No.

Then she brings up the lack of employment in the city, like this just happened as the Lightfoot took office. While on the other hand, blaming other states for lax gun laws for the influx of illegal guns on the streets. This is one politician who just delights in blaming others for the problems in her own backyard. And the great thing is that she is running for reelection! With her utter failure to win the majority or any wards in Chicago, hopefully the neighboring suburbs in the Cook County area will not put their support behind Preckwinkle in this reelection bid and let her go the way of the dinosaurs. Which she is one of them.

Periwinkle thinks that this political feud with the new mayor is going to gain her some votes, Rahm is out, Lightfoot is still riding an air of goodwill and hope with the citizens of Chicago. Especially as Chicago’s first openly gay mayor, by challenging Lightfoot, Preckwinkle is treading on thin ice. People are just tired of the same old politics as usual in the city and the surrounding areas also citizens want some accountability and again, Preckwinkle is not even close to that area or expertise. Hopefully, this will be the last time we see of her. Jesus.

Here is the article talking about that idiot:

https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/2019/7/18/20699495/crime-chicago-lightfoot-preckwinkle-mayor-gun-violence-county-bail

Robbing on Lake Street

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:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/news/ct-oak-subway-robbery-tl-0719-story.html

The OP Police will escort you around Oak Park, IL if you feel scared….

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

More Crime in Oak Park, IL

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

Oak Park, IL is wrong!

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.

Carjacking to Oak Park, IL is just stupid

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.

Oak Park, IL is the asshole Coworker who stresses you out that much that if something happens to them you really don’t care.

I recently heard news about this ex-coworker of mine who died early at 37 due to cancer, wait before you start with the condolences this dude was a dick, much like the boss from office space. The organization that I work for had him in charge of Operations, to Quality Assurance, to Training and Development this fuck was everywhere in the organization because he was a kiss up and yes man.

But the jerk was soooooo incompetent that he did not grasp the essentials to do the job, so he was literally training people wrong and getting them in trouble for not knowing procedures when they came out of training. He is the reason I am studying Training and Development because if his ass oversaw a department for it, then I can do it too, easily. As the director of Quality assurance, he was a fuck up, the stuff he marked people off was head scratching to the point the management staff got pissed off at him. Why? Because the management, in turn, would have to use “corrective measures” on employees to make sure it did not happen again, therefore employees were given verbals, written warnings and even fired due to his asshole behavior.

When confronted that he was wrong on the Quality Assurance reports he would argue it even if you had the policy HE wrote about the how to proceed in that situation which contradicted it. The point is when a friend told me the news I was not even sad, I have lost friends and family to cancer before however they did not go out their ways to be total fucking dicks and in essence, worthy of sentiment.

Fucking with people is the way of Oak Park, IL in the same vein. It is why when shit happens here, people in neighboring suburbs and the City of Chicago, really do not “feel” for the residents or victims of Oak Park, IL. Changing one’s attitude and not imposing your ridiculous standards upon people i.e.: not being a douche bag will most likely get you some sympathy or “get better cards” or even a helping hand. With all the crime that is occurring in Oak Park, IL a change is needed and a helping hand is necessary. But I think much like this ex-coworker the problems here will persist until a major problem arises, and there is nothing that can be done about it. If you gave me a choice of pissing off an entire organization of people and going out at 37 or maybe learn how to work with others to get something done and maybe tack on a couple of years, I would pick the latter. Hopefully, Oak Park, Il will one day choose the latter but I doubt it.

But I think much like this ex-coworker the problems here will persist until a major problem arises, and there is nothing that can be done about it. If you gave me a choice of pissing off an entire organization of people and going out at 37 or maybe learn how to work with others to get something done and maybe tack on a couple of years, I would pick the latter. Hopefully, Oak Park, Il will one day choose the latter but I doubt it.

PS: I own up that it is a shitty attitude, but there are times when organizations or people push you to the point that you have nothing but apathy for them.

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