Crime Data Information

The crime data map is updated monthly and is meant to provide information on crime trends in the community. The map only shows reported crime and doesn’t provide any information on arrests, convictions, or local ordinance violations. Ordinance violation information can be found here.

General Definitions

Assault

The threat or attempt to strike another, whether successful or not, provided the target is aware of the danger. The assaulter must be reasonably capable of carrying through the attack. Aggravating factors can include; using a deadly weapon, is hooded, robed or masked when committing the battery, batters a teacher, park employee, caseworker, peace officer , an EMT or hospital worker, public transportation worker or the battery occurred in a public place.

Battery

The actual intentional striking of someone, with intent to harm, or in a "rude and insolent manner" even if the injury is slight. Negligent or careless unintentional contact is not battery no matter how great the harm. Aggravating factors can include; using a deadly weapon, is hooded, robed or masked when committing the battery, batters a teacher, park employee, caseworker, peace officer , an EMT or hospital worker, public transportation worker or the battery occurred in a public place.

Burglary

The crime of breaking and entering into a structure for the purpose of committing a crime. No great force is needed (pushing open a door or slipping through an open window is sufficient) if the entry is unauthorized. Contrary to common belief, a burglary is not necessarily for theft. It can apply to any crime, such as assault or sexual harassment, whether the intended criminal act is committed or not. Originally under English common law burglary was limited to entry in residences at night, but it has been expanded to all criminal entries into any building, or even into a vehicle.

Criminal Sexual Assault

The act of sexual penetration without consent and accomplished through force, threat of violence or intimidation (such as a threat to harm a child, husband or boyfriend). What constitutes lack of consent usually includes saying "no" or being too drunk or drug-influenced for the victim to be able to either resist or consent. Aggravating factors can include; displays or threatens to use a dangerous weapon, causes bodily harm, threatens the life of the victim or others; the victim is physically handicapped or mentally retarded. There are several age qualifiers on both the suspect and victim which can increase the severity of the crime.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence refers to physical harm inflicted on one member of a household or family, by another member of the same household or family (usually between spouses). Domestic violence (sometimes called "spousal abuse") usually involves repetitive physical and psychological abuse, and a "cycle of violence". Specific crimes charged vary based on 1) severity of the victim's injuries, 2) whether a minor was present, and 3) whether a protective or restraining order was violated. Aggravating factors can include; causing great bodily harm, permanent disability or disfigurement.

Home Invasion

A person commits Home Invasion when they unlawfully enter someone’s home and knows, or discovers someone is in the home and threatens or uses force, or causes injury to persons within the dwelling.

Reckless Conduct

Performing an act with such carelessness, to the point of being heedless of the consequences and causing bodily harm or endangers the safety of an individual. The act itself can be either lawful or unlawful.

Robbery

The direct taking of property (including money) from a person (victim) through force, threat or intimidation. Robbery is a felony (crime punishable by a term in state or federal prison). Aggravating factors can include; the use of a gun or other weapon which can do bodily harm, such as a knife or club, and carries a stiffer penalty (longer possible term) than robbery by merely taking. the threat or use of force, or armed with a dangerous weapon.

Stalking

A relatively new crime involving a clear pattern of conduct in which the offender follows, harasses, or threatens another person, putting that person in fear for his or her safety on at least 2 occasions. An individual may be charged with stalking regardless of any pre-existing relationship with the victim. Stalking victims can range from celebrities to former spouses who have obtained a protective order against their ex. Aggravating factors can include; causing bodily harm, confines or restrains the victim or violates a temporary restraining order or an order of protection.

Theft

The generic term for all crimes in which a person intentionally or fraudulently takes personal property of another without permission or consent and with the intent to convert it to the taker's use (including potential sale).If the value of the property taken is low (for example, less than $300) the crime is generally a misdemeanor theft, but it is designated a felony when over $300. Theft is synonymous with "larceny." Although robbery (taking by force), burglary (taken by entering unlawfully) and embezzlement (stealing from an employer) are all commonly thought of as theft, they are distinguished by the means and methods used and are separately designated as those types of crimes in criminal charges and statutory punishments.

Vehicular Hijacking

The taking of a motor vehicle from a person or the immediate presence of another by the use of force or by threatening the imminent use of force.

Vehicular Invasion

A person commits vehicular invasion who uses force and unlawfully enters or reaches into the interior of a vehicle, while the vehicle is occupied, with the intent to commit a theft or felony.

To research criminal offences in greater detail following this link; CRIMINAL OFFENSES, to the Illinois General Assembly web page; Illinois Compiled Statutes, Criminal Offenses (720 ILCS 5/) Criminal Code of 1961.