Here are the year-to-date (January 1 through March 31) crime stats for Police Service Area (PSA) 208 for the last three years: 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Overall, total crime for the first three months of the year in PSA 208 increased for the second year in a row from 482 total crimes in 2007 to 523 total crimes in 2008 and 542 total crimes in 2009. This is a 12% increase in two years for the January-March period; a 4% increase from 2008 to 2009.
The most disturbing statistics for this three-month period are the increases in gun crimes and robberies. The number of gun crimes increased from 7 in 2008 to 14 in 2009 (details below). Robberies (with and without a gun) also increased noticeably from 35 to 45 for the January-March period.