Thursday, July 25, 2013

MUGGERS' MILE, STAND YOUR GROUND, AND ANGELS


FISHING, DEER AND TOURIST SEASON IN CHICAGO … 

CHICAGO (CBS) – A volunteer group of citizen crime fighters is calling the Magnificent Mile – a popular tourist destination in Chicago – the “Muggers’ Mile,” to spotlight robberies along Michigan Avenue.
CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports the Guardian Angels routinely patrol the Magnificent Mile, and the CTA Red Line subway that runs nearby.
They said criminals have been turning the popular stretch of Michigan Avenue into their own ATM, and attacks there have grown more violent. However, police said robberies in the area are down compared to last year.
Members of the Guardian Angels were at the corner of Michigan and Chicago avenues Tuesday morning, handing out flyers with safety tips to shoppers and tourists, while making their normal patrols.
Guardian Angels passing out flyers along Michigan Avenue. (Credit: Steve Miller)Guardian Angels passing out flyers along Michigan Avenue.

Chicago police released this statement in response to the Guardian Angels:
“Michigan Avenue and the general downtown area are enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people everyday. Chicago’s downtown area continues to be safe and while there have been a few isolated incidents police have responded quickly, making arrests in several of them before they become a larger problem.”
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