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 5 percent from 2008 to 2017, but increased 38 percent over the past five year period, 2013-2017. Please note, Hyde Park-South Kenwood recorded the lowest number of violent crimes on record in 2013.


Violent crime trends

Hyde Park-South Kenwood
Total violent crime, 2003–2017

The following graph portrays Hyde Park-South Kenwood violent crime (murder, criminal sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault and battery) from 2003 through 2017. 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.

  • 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
  • 2017 233

Total violent crime
January–December, 2013–2017

The following graphs compare total violent crime (murder, criminal sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault and battery) for the years 2013 through 2017 in the UCPD patrol area and the Hyde Park-South Kenwood (HPSK) neighborhood.

UCPD patrol area

  • 2013 379
  • 2014 384
  • 2015 456
  • 2016 453
  • 2017 487

Hyde Park-South Kenwood

  • 2013 169
  • 2014 189
  • 2015 219
  • 2016 220
  • 2017 233

Hyde Park-South Kenwood Violent crime
Average per month 2013–2017

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 13
  • Apr 14
  • May 18
  • Jun 22
  • Jul 16
  • Aug 16
  • Sep 16
  • Oct 29
  • Nov 22
  • 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, 2017

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