Crime Trends

There has been considerable success in reducing crime in our community and in urban areas across the country. Violent crime in the Hyde Park-South Kenwood community (47th Street to 61st Street / Cottage Grove to Lake Michigan) decreased 29 percent from 2007 to 2016, and was down 1 percent over the past five-year period, 2012 to 2016.


Violent crime trends

Hyde Park-South Kenwood
Total violent crime, 2002–2016

The following graph portrays Hyde Park-South Kenwood violent crime (murder, criminal sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault and battery) from 2002 through 2016. 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.

  • 2002 359
  • 2003 382
  • 2004 369
  • 2005 409
  • 2006 313
  • 2007 311
  • 2008 245
  • 2009 246
  • 2010 201
  • 2011 223
  • 2012 222
  • 2013 169
  • 2014 189
  • 2015 219
  • 2016 220

Total violent crime
January–December, 2012–2016

The following graphs compare total violent crime (murder, criminal sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault and battery) for the years 2012 through 2016 in the UCPD patrol area and the Hyde Park-South Kenwood (HPSK) neighborhood.

UCPD patrol area

  • 2012 514
  • 2013 379
  • 2014 384
  • 2015 456
  • 2016 453

Hyde Park-South Kenwood

  • 2012 222
  • 2013 169
  • 2014 189
  • 2015 219
  • 2016 220

Hyde Park-South Kenwood Violent crime
Average per month 2012–2016

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 October and the lowest average was in February. Over the past five-year period covered, 66 percent of the violent crimes were robberies.

  • Jan 13
  • Feb 9
  • Mar 15
  • Apr 15
  • May 19
  • Jun 21
  • Jul 18
  • Aug 16
  • Sep 18
  • Oct 27
  • Nov 18
  • Dec 15

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, 2014

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.

Source: Chicago Police Department/UCPD