Sorry to have to post this but it seems that ARMED ROBBERIES are on the up tick.
At least once a week in the 2nd District there have been similar reports to the ones below:
"On Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at approximately 6:02 pm the victim
parked his vehicle in the 2800 block of Audubon Street. The victim
exited his vehicle at which time he was approached by an unknown black
male who produced a blue steel semi-automatic handgun and demanded the
victim’s money. The victim gave the suspect his wallet. The suspect
began to walk away as he looked through his wallet. The suspect became
enraged and ran back towards the victim then demanded his car keys.
The victim complied and gave the suspect his keys. After receiving the
keys the suspect entered the victims’ vehicle and fled on Audubon
towards Earhart then unknown.
The suspect is described as a black male, mid twenties, 5’8”, 150
pounds, wearing baggy jeans, dark sweater, dark cap. He was armed with
a blue steel semi-automatic handgun."
"On December 15, 2009 at approximately 4:55 pm the victim observed an
unknown black male inside of his vehicle that was parked in the 3600
block of Coliseum Street. The victim confronted the suspect at which
time he gave the victim property that was taken from his vehicle and
fled on foot. The victim notified police and gave the dispatcher the
suspects’ description and direction of escape. Responding officers
were able to apprehend Gerard Hawkins, black male, 8-03-1970, who was
arrested and charged with the offense."
So as you walk the streets be on the lookout for strangers in hooded jackets.