Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility

Beverly Hills/Morgan Park is one of Chicago’s safest neighborhoods. BAPA, local organizations and citizens work side-by-side with the Chicago Police Department 22nd District to address crime concerns and promote crime prevention.

BAPA actively supports the 22nd District Police, maintaining a strong working relationship with local police and an important line of communication that helps make our community’s response more expedient and effective if crimes do occur. Our police offer crime prevention, and awareness programs for all residents.

BAPA works closely with the 22nd District Police CAPS Office CAPS022District@chicagopolice.org to identify and address safety issues that concern Beverly/Morgan Park and provide avenues of sharing important information with our community.

Top 11 Tips for a Safe Community

  1. Always be alert to your surroundings and trust your instincts.
  2. Don’t walk with your phone out and your earbuds in.
  3. Always lock your car, house and garage doors. Don’t leave out easy-to-steal items like bicycles on the sidewalk or laptops or change in your car.
  4. Lighting is your friend. Make sure your residence is well lit and park in well lit places.
  5. Cameras help. Install a doorbell camera if possible.
  6. Be a nosey neighbor and if you see something, say something.
  7. Don’t hesitate to call 911 in an emergency.
  8. Carry a personal alarm and activate it if you feel threatened.
  9. Never open your door to someone you don’t know.
  10. Don’t leave your vehicle running unattended or leave children unattended in running vehicles.
  11. Get involved. Take an active role in CAPS meetings.

Take an Active Role in Safety

The BAPA Safety Committee is composed of area neighbors representing a variety of businesses, local organizations, and interests. These people look for proactive ways to enhance community safety, support the work of our local police, and empower neighbors to take an active role in preventing and reporting crime. Learn more about joining the BAPA Safety Committee gjenkins@bapa.org.

Neighborhood residents are encouraged to take active roles in community safety: Attend beat meetings and get involved in CAPS committees CAPS022District@chicagopolice.org to stay informed about local crime and safety issues.

Learn more about Smart 911 emergency protection and information and download the app at Smart 911 https://www.smart911.com.

Report, track and learn more about reporting and following up on non-emergency issues at CHI311 https://311.chicago.gov. 

If You See Something, Say Something

Call 9-1-1 to report an emergency:

  • Crime in progress
  •  Fire
  • Medical emergency
  • Immediate threat to life or bodily injury

 

Call 3-1-1 when you need a city service and report non-emergencies.

  • Report non-emergency issues
  • Get a status report on service requests
  • Find info on city events and festivals
  • File a police report

 

Contact BAPA’s Safety Liaison gjenkins@bapa.org to discuss crime concerns and community safety activities.

Problem Property Abatement

The housing in Beverly Hills/Morgan Park is one of our most important assets, and BAPA is proactive in addressing housing issues that affect the community.

BAPA staff partners with the 22nd District Police and local and city agencies to identify and report problem properties and building code violations, including properties that become vacant. Contact BAPA Gjenkins@bapa.org about a property that is vacant or in disrepair.

Contact the 22nd District’s Troubled Buildings Officer James Connell james.connell@chicagopolice.org to report a property that is vacant or in disrepair.

Property Preservation

In order to preserve the historic integrity of our community’s architecture, BAPA recommends initiatives that provide resources for ensuring that properties are rehabbed, restored and remodeled properly.

The Chicago Bungalow Association https://www.chicagobungalow.org/ provides resources that include grants for energy-saving projects, low-cost loans, and recommendations for contractors specializing in work on vintage homes.

Chicago Department of Community Development https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/dcd.html provides extensive information on low interest home loans for general home rehab and improvement and other resources for Chicago residents.

City of Chicago Department of Buildings building permits are required for many construction projects and home upgrades. Find out what permits you need and apply online https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/bldgs.html .