As the last poster stated, opinions vary, but their's seems to be one of ignorant or willfull naivety. He/she states things as fact that are just flat out innacurate.
Yes, crime does and will happen everywhere, and is relative to many things; but not to opinions.
What it is relative to is gangs, drugs, unemployment, poor education, dysfunctional homelife (both Economical and Emotional.) and overall opportunity. The prevalence, or lack of all these things within neighborhoods directley affects their level of crime.
One can kid themselves and think, "Oh everywhere and everyone is the same. You have just as good a chance of getting car-jacked at one corner as you do any other or, every house can get broken into anywhere."
If one believes that, go ahead and move to Englewood and see how long you last.
DO NOT base your opinion on what the Media reports. They pick and choose their stories. Things happen every night that don't get major runs unless they're uniquely horrific, (Landlord getting set on fire by ex-tenant) or happen in a "Good Neighborhood (Woman getting beaten by Homeless Addicts.)
Yesterday in 003 some dude shot up an entire block with a High Powered Fully Automatic Assault Rifle. I'm talking large chunks of bricks taken outta walls. The shooter escaped and no one was shot, so I doubt the general public will even hear about it.
If that happened in Hyde Park, I guarantee there'd be News Trucks all over the scene. Reporters would open with, "Early this morning Residents of this usually quiet neighborhood were awaken in fear by the sound of rapid gunfire," as the Camera's zoom in on the destruction.
Also, the GIS site (Officially known as CLEARMAP) is a very useful tool to Research/Track crime, if you know how to use it correctley.
Anyone who does would know that the crime rates between the two areas aren't even close.
These numbers don't lie, and there's nothing funny or laughable about them:
Crime Statistics Summary for the last 12 months -
District 003- (Highlands, Woodlawn, Grand Crossing) -2544 Occurances, Rank- 05 out of 25 Districts
District 021- (Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland) - 727 Occurances, Rank- 16 out of 25 Districts
DIstrict 003- 35 Occurances Rank - 03rd
District 021- 05 Occurances Rank - 17th
CRIMINAL SEXUAL ASSAULT
District 003- 113 Occurances Rank - 02nd
District 021- 26 Occurances Rank - 22nd
Are 35 Murders VS. 5 a baseless opinion? 2,544 Violent Crimes VS. 727? 113 Rapes VS. 26?
So far as the basis for my "supposed opinion", it is derived from first hand experience of patroleing the streets of 003rd District, my relationships with Officers all over Chicago, and my knowledge of how to utilize "CLEARMAP."
Not from seeing a few drug dealers here and there, or knowing someone who saw on a carload of gangbangers. To me, that's a baseless opinion.
The common thinking among Officers of 003 is this. If you want to work in a "slow" District where you won't have to work too hard, you go to 021. If you want to chase bad guys, drugs, guns, and hot cars every day, you work in 003.
004 and 006 Districts crime rates have spiked out of control and are currentley similar to 003, but they all make 021 look like a Utopia.
I'll again state, I'm not bashing residents who live in the Highlands or 3rd District as a whole. There are many good people there who shouldn't have to deal with the criminal element that they do. I come into contact with many of them when they need Police assistance and I personally couldn't afford a single house in there on my salary even if I did want to live there. But the fact is, it's in a far worse area than Hyde Park or Kenwood.
I agree that Beverly is a great and safe neighborhood. Very similar to the Highlands with large well kept older homes, spacious lots, etc. It does have some dicey areas (East of Longwood Ave.) but is large enough that most streets are secluded from bad areas by more than just a few blocks.
Mount Greenwood isn't bad but is as far SouthWest as you can go within city limits.
Garfield Ridge is pretty quiet too, except for areas close to Midway Airport. (Depending on which block your on, and which direction the planes are coming and going, you risk haveing to put up with some very loud noise.)
My final suggestion to anyone thinking of moving to a specific location is this:
Take a drive around the area you're considering between 9 and 11 o'clock on a Saturday night during nice weather.
This will give you a clearer indication of what an area is really like.