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Daron Hollins, Renter in Morgan Park, Chicago,...

Is this a gang or drug infested area?

Asked by Daron Hollins, Morgan Park, Chicago, IL Sat Oct 8, 2011

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Don Pasek’s answer
Hi, Daron:

I agree with my colleagues that you need to decide whether you feel comfortable in the neighborhood at various times of day and night. Different people have different tolerances for crime. One thing's for sure, though: there is crime in every neighborhood of Chicago.

If you want to review and analyze raw crime data yourself, the Chicago Police Department has a wonderful resource: The CLEARMAP - Citizen Law Enforcement Analysis and Reporting system. The system maps all crime incidents the city, and breaks them down by type. Go to to get started. All other web sites that report crime data in Chicago neighborhoods (BlockShopper, EveryBlock, etc.) get their information from CLEARMAP. You might as well go directly to the source.

You can search by address, Police Beat, school, and other criteria. You can also get lists of various types of offenders and the their current locations. It's an easy-to-use system.

Beware of how you interpret the data, though. If you take a look at the statistics for some neighborhoods that many consider "good," you might be surprised at the number of crime incidents reported. Additionally, keep in mind that more densely populated areas will necessarily have more crime incidents. The more people in one area, the more likely crime is to occur.

Hope you find this information helpful. Chicago is a great city, and I'm sure you'll find a place to live that suits your lifestyle and needs!


Don Pasek, CIPS, TRC, ADPR
Omniterra Real Properties
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 31, 2013
Why ? Do you fell that need to ride a hummer in that area ?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 12, 2013
This depends on how many discarded bags of extra cheesy cheetos you find on the ground. Economists say more bags equal higher chance of gangs and drugs.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 18, 2011

That would be a matter of opinion. is one of the sites that I recommend my clients use as a resource if they aren't familiar with an area.

Eve Benton
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 10, 2011
I suggest you ride your bike or walk 4 blocks around the neighborhood.. your asking for an opinion that is not going to help you
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Contacted the police department in that area and obtain data on the area. Drive around the area and see if you feel
comfortable with the area both day hours and evening hours. Debbie Bergthold-Smith Classic Real Estate 708-267-5552
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 9, 2011
We as agents cant comment on this sort of thing. You can always check chicago crime by block or other websites for this sort of information. Also, only YOU can determine what is right and wrong for your family. I suggest you go to whatever area you are looking in at all times of the day and night and see if you and your family would be comfortable there. Best of luck.
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