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11-15-18 Update - Large Percentage of Divvy Fleet Missing! Serious Loss Problems for Chicago's Bike Share 7-12-18

Divvy should consider adding an easily identifiable bike numbering system in order to assist authorities in determining the status of their fleet. 

The News Corner:

Serious Loss Problems for Divvy

"Locking systems easily compromised by thieves."

For the full article:

http://www.cwbchicago.com/2018/07/compromised-lock-system-has-divvy...

I have been seeing a lot more 'free range' Divvy bikes lately. 

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From a community public safety blog which communicates facts and information so citizens can be aware and attempt to protect themselves. 

https://mobile.twitter.com/CWBChicago/status/1035945762696380416

http://www.cwbchicago.com/p/our-history.html?m=1

If they are reporting "facts and information", they really should not be anonymous. The "our history" link provided doesn't provide any names of the reporters and/or editors. I am personally  uncomfortable considering them a legitimate media source for this reason and don't plan to use them as a source when I post.

The fact is that it is a community public safety blog that reports actual, legitimate, recorded and official documented city data that is being used for it's residents to become aware of what is happening in their neighborhood and community and to form their own opinion on how to provide for their own welfare. 

I know of a few 'private' neighborhood/community blogs that do they same.

Community reporting does not make it illegitimate. 

 Our History; 

"CWBChicago was created in 2013 by five residents of Wrigleyville and Boystown who had grown disheartened with inaccurate information that was being provided at local Community Policing (CAPS) meetings.

We knew from city data that robberies in our neighborhood had been soaring to record highs for three consecutive years. Yet public officials and police representatives at CAPS meetings continually said that crime was going down.


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Robberies in Wrigleyville + Boystown By Month And Year
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec TOTAL
2001 9 8 9 9 11 8 15 13 20 24 15 14 155
2002 13 9 15 20 12 16 18 28 12 17 24 20 204
2003 4 6 4 13 10 15 20 13 14 17 14 13 143
2004 11 5 9 9 14 11 22 10 24 14 23 8 160
2005 12 8 15 9 12 16 20 27 11 11 17 13 171
2006 18 10 8 11 6 14 21 15 9 11 16 7 146
2007 3 1 5 7 17 20 14 5 24 13 17 9 135
2008 9 7 11 10 18 16 16 17 21 27 16 16 184
2009 6 13 13 11 17 15 18 20 17 8 13 13 164
2010 12 4 13 13 13 16 14 14 26 18 26 12 181
2011 14 9 11 16 21 28 19 21 20 30 20 18 227
2012 9 9 21 13 23 38 33 31 15 14 16 12 234
2013 27 11 8 6 19 30 29 38 26 21 11 14 240
2014 9 3 8 9 13 25 19 15 11 18 14 13 157
2015 8 4 4 6 9 10 18 17 21 16 5 10 128
2016 19 10 11 15 11 16 18 23 20 31 19 6 199
2017 9 9 7 14 13 23 15 16 11 18 15 6 156


On April 14, 2013, we debuted “Crime In Wrigleyville + Boystown,” with a mission to report on the crimes, statistics, and trends that—for whatever reason—the city refused to address.

The response to our work was incredible. Readers showed up in droves at CAPS meetings, demanding to be told the truth. False stories from aldermen and even the police department were exposed for what they were.

And, most importantly, the city not only admitted to there being a street crime problem in Wrigleyville and Boystown, but the police department took corrective action.

Worst To First

In our first year, there were 240 robberies reported in Wrigleyville and Boystown, the highest number in any year since 2001. Thanks to our neighbors’ commitment to pressuring police and politicians, that number fell to 157 in 2014.

In 2015, Wrigleyville and Boystown recorded just 128 robberies, the lowest number in any year since 2001.

It’s pretty incredible what can be done when people try.

Our mission now is to continue to monitor what is happening in Wrigleyville and Boystown while giving friends in nearby neighborhoods the information they need to make their area better, too.

Other Improvements

Driven by CWBChicago reporting, Lakeview residents began demanding that private organizers take more responsibility for major events that had begun to lay havoc on the neighborhood. The results have been exceptional. Wrigleyville's St. Patrick's weekend bacchanal had just five arrests last year, down from 21 when we first started reporting on the issue.

The Christmastime TBOX bar crawl, which had eleven arrests in an increasingly violent atmosphere during 2013, did not have a single event-related arrest last year.

Best of all, the Chicago Pride Parade—our neighborhood's grandest annual event—has slashed its running time, increased security, and re-doubled efforts to clean the streets. Pride Parade-related arrests are down nearly 60% since 2013. Thanks to our neighbors, the city, and parade organizers, the pride parade is once again becoming something we can all be proud of.


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Arrests At Major East Lakeview Events
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
St. Patrick's Wrigleyville Unknown 21 17 7 5
Pride Parade 46 46 52 24 19
TBOX Bar Crawl 11 7 6 4 0

New Chapter

In 2018, we’ve added a new partner with reporting and major media experience to help us develop into an even stronger voice for the North Side.

Our goal is to provide broader detail, better context, and more original reporting than ever before.

We want to leverage our experience and resources to bring detailed coverage and original reporting to nearby areas like Lincoln Square, North Center, and Lincoln Park while keeping an ever-vigilant eye on our home turf in Lakeview."

9-25-18

https://mobile.twitter.com/crainschicago/status/1044681604977889285

"But it's clear the decision to remove the crucial dock security hardware component was a major blunder, one that may have created still more crime in a city that already has more than its share."

Over 500 divvy bikes have been stolen apparently.

https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/divvy-bike-thefts-chicago-sec...

10-21-18  "Thefts of Divvy bikes slowing, Divvy patron robbed of bike while pedaling in WestTown." 

http://www.cwbchicago.com/2018/10/good-news-thefts-of-divvy-bikes-i...

Over 200 adults arrested for possessing stolen Divvy bikes. 

It seems that the hardware changes made by Divvy to prevent the bike-shares from being illegally removed from a docking station are having a positive effect. 

10-22-18

http://www.cwbchicago.com/2018/10/divvy-conducts-annual-bike-invent...

Yearly inventory time.

"It is not clear if the city will ultimately shell out more money for lost or stolen bikes as it reimburses Motivate for a percentage of the bike systems annual operating losses."

11-15-18

"More than 500 Divvy bikes have gone missing this year. (Per the contract with Motivate, the city of Chicago (taxpayers) are only required to pay for 60 of those bikes, a $72,000 expense.) "

https://www.chicagoreader.com

All of this is due to the hesitation to reinstall a critical piece of security hardware. 

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