As I walked to my car about a block and a half away, I felt the tug of worry - last fall my motorcycle had been vandalized on this very block, the 3rd time in this area since I bought her.
Additionally, some irate driver had put a note on my car prior to the last attack warning me about using my bike to block spaces.
As I neared my car, I tried to shake off these concerns: then I noticed the broken glass on the ground. No way, I thought, I must have parked in broken glass last night. Then I looked toward my drivers window - it was no longer there. Someone had broken into my car, a mere 1 and a half blocks from where I sleep and eat and live someone had violated me again - only this time it was not my motorcycle it was my car. Different vehicle, same feeling.
As my hands went numb, I remembered all those cars I had seen parked along Glenwood Avenue with broken windows and how I had felt sorry for the car owners. Now it was my turn.
I walked home to retrieve my mobile phone and call the police, I filed a report, called my insurance and blessedly found someone to take my car same day. My car is safely at the repair shop and I feel far from it.
What has happened to Rogers Park? More and more I see neighbors that don't speak to one another, broken windows and dented bumpers. Loud and rude children, obscene adults and it breaks my heart. RP was my refuge - now I am at a loss.
After reading the attack of the bar staff from The Glenwood, I count myself lucky - however, I feel a huge sympathy towards the victims. My condolences go out to them.
What can we do to help our neighborhood?
My initial reactions are to move far far away.