Thursday, July 25, 2013

CHICAGO Mag Mile Become “Muggers’ Mile”: Guardian Angels

Michigan Avenue Chicago
Michigan Avenue Chicago (Photo credit: Robert R Gigliotti,
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.

The men in red berets said they came up with the Muggers’ Mile nickname, because they want to avoid the moniker from becoming reality. Read more >>
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