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As Carjackings Continue in Bucktown And Wicker Park, Police Promise To Do More — But Neighbors Differ On Path Forward

Bucktown, Wicker Park and West Town have seen a surge in carjackings in recent months. “Awareness is no longer a solution to the issue,” one resident said.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Sleeping Man Carjacked Early Tuesday In West Loop

Three men with a gun told the victim to get out of his car, then they drove away, police said.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Video Shows West Town Neighbors Rushing To Help Woman Carjacked Outside Her Home In May

Neighbors opened the car door, kicked the attacker and tried to pull him out of the car, but the man was able to drive away with the woman's car and wallet.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

11-Year-Old Accused With Two Others Of Carjacking Man In Uptown, Authorities Say

Police and prosecutors say the boy, a 19-year-old man and one other person attacked a 59-year-old getting items out of his car. Two of them were arrested two hours later.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Woman And Her Young Daughter, 2, Carjacked In Wicker Park

The woman and her daughter were sitting inside the car when two men broke the driver's window with a baseball bat, police said.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

With No Letup In Carjackings, Police Launch Website, Add More Officers To Citywide Task Force

Even though 2020 was a record year for carjackings, Chicago is seeing even more in 2021.

Citywide

This West Side Man Was Carjacked Years Ago. Now, He’s Buying Cars For Recent Victims

The man organizing the car giveaways is trying to get donations to buy more cars for people who have been carjacked.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Police Install More License Plate Readers On Lake Shore Drive To Slow ‘Out-Of-Control’ Carjacking Surge

Carjackings in the Lakeview and Lincoln Park area have more than doubled in the last year, and police are increasingly using cameras to track people using expressways to flee scenes.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

With Car Heists At Record Levels, Citizen Sleuths Take To Facebook To Find Their Stolen Rides

The group has helped recover more than 200 cars in the last two months from Chicago and surrounding areas, a moderator said.

Citywide

Police Warn West Loop Neighbors Not To Leave Keys In Cars After 60 Thefts, Carjackings In 3 Months

Car thefts have surged in the West Loop, but the area is considered low-crime compared to other parts of the city, police said.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Englewood Aldermen Commend Neighbors For Stepping Up To Help Amid Carjacking Surge

Local businessmen and volunteers are stepping up to stand watch at neighborhood gas stations as part of "Operation Safe Pump."

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Lakeview, Lincoln Park Aldermen To Host Carjacking Forum Amid Citywide Surge

The virtual forum is schedule for Feb. 2. Alds. Michele Smith (43rd) and Tom Tunney (44th) will be present with police and prosecutors.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Police Adding 40 Officers To Carjacking Unit In Response To ‘Chronic’ Problem — And Cameras Are Coming To Bucktown, Too

Detectives will also begin meeting with carjackings victims on the scene, similar to how they investigate homicides.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Police Warn Drivers After Rash Of Carjackings In Little Village And Pilsen

The most recent carjacking happened at about 8:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in the 2800 block of South Komensky Avenue.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

4 Taxi And Ride-Share Drivers Carjacked In 5 Days In Logan Square And Humboldt Park, Police Say

The city saw a 135 percent spike in carjackings last year and is seeing even more of an increase this year.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

City’s Carjacking Surge Shows No Sign Of Slowing, So Residents Are Buying Guns

Carjackings were up 135 percent in 2020, and they're up even more so far this year. As city officials try to make sense of the problem, concealed carry instructors say victims are coming in for classes.

Citywide

Retired Chicago Firefighter Killed In Attempted Carjacking In Morgan Park

Dwain Williams, 65, joined the Fire Department in 1992. Police say he was stopping at a local popcorn shop when he was attacked.

Beverly, Mt. Greenwood, Morgan Park

Amid Citywide Surge, Carjackings Rattle A Southeast Side Neighborhood: ‘I’m Afraid To Go To The Store’

Residents said they've asked for more officers in the Calumet Heights area as carjackings surge. But local leaders and police haven't been responsive.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham