Auto theft and auto break-ins over the past five months reveal a pattern in the Potrero Flats neighborhood. While some areas are quiet and crime free, there is a strip in the middle of Potrero Flats that seems to have a relentless problem with auto related crime. Despite periodic reports of arrests, the problem persists.
The boundary of the auto theft zone in Potrero includes the Lick and Foran Freeways, 20th St, and Mariposa. Publications, like the Potrero View, report the crimes but offer few solutions. Neighborhoods in Chicago, on the other hand, are joining together with local police force representation to offer auto theft prevention workshops to the community throughout the year. Potrero Flats could benefit from actions like these.