Security to increase in Wrigleyville during playoffs

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CHICAGO – Some residents on the North Side are concerned about crime during the Cubs’ playoff games.

Alderman Tom Tunney says additional security plans are in place for the playoffs.

But at a CAPS meeting Wednesday night residents sounded off expressing concerns because robberies and burglaries in the 19th District are up.  And they say, so are police response times.

Concerns over safety prompted the Southport Community Alliance to hire private security, with Cubs president Theo Epstein and his wife among those chipping in to pay for it in their neighborhood.

Residents say they want more officers on the streets.

With the playoffs starting Friday, police officials and the alderman say there will be additional patrols to deal with the thousands of fans pouring into Wrigleyville to cheer on the Cubs.