In Lakeview, crime is down, data shows — but not everyone is buying it

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Chicago Police Cmdr. Marc Buslik took over the Town Hill District late last year. (Ariel Cheung / DNAinfo)

LAKEVIEW — As he gets to know his new district, Town Hall Police Cmdr. Marc Buslik has been poring over crime data. At a neighborhood meeting Tuesday, he said the numbers suggest things are looking up in 2017, despite a recent series of high-profile sexual assaults and robberies.

At a meeting with South Lakeview Neighbors Tuesday night, Buslik compared the last 28 days — a four-week cycle starting Feb. 14 — with the same time frame over the last four years, which showed crime is down in nearly every major category, from burglaries to robberies to aggravated batteries.

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After Buslik shared his results during a Monday public safety forum, the anonymously run Crime in Wrigleyville + Boystown blog panned Buslik’s message, accusing him of using “typical Chicago Police spin.”

Using the weekly crime stats that the Town Hall District shares on Twitter, the blog said that major crimes might be down compared to 2016, but they still are higher than in 2015.

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