Lock Your Doors to Prevent Crime
Elk Grove Village and surrounding communities have experienced recent burglaries to motor vehicles as well as vehicle theft. While these crimes aren’t anything new, you might be surprised to learn that most burglaries involving vehicles have no forced entry. Unlike what is portrayed on television and in the movies, kicked in doors, pulled locks, and smashed windows are not the norm. The thief prefers to work in the quiet and will walk down entire blocks looking for an open car door instead of just breaking glass. Recently, vehicles have been burglarized or even stolen because they are left outside running, not locked, and have valuable items exposed in plain sight. This is largely avoidable because you play a crucial part in securing your property!
Crime is driven by three elements: desire, ability, and opportunity. Though we can do little regarding a criminal’s desire and ability to commit a crime, we certainly can help diminish their opportunity. Simply locking the doors of your vehicle can help prevent yourself from becoming a victim. Along with locking your vehicle's doors, don’t leave important or valuable items in your vehicle, especially in plain sight.
Always call 911 immediately to report suspicious vehicles or people. Be sure to provide as much information as you can such as the vehicle's make, model, color, license plate number, occupants, and any distinguishing features such as window tints or physical damage. If a suspicious person is seen, note physical descriptors such as race, height, weight, hair color, age, and clothing description.
The tips below are some additional ways to help reduce your vulnerability to burglary and theft:
- Lock all exterior doors in your home when you are away or inside.
- Invest in a quality deadbolt lock set for front and back doors.
- Lock windows and secure them in their track so they don’t slide up.
- Do not keep your garage door open if you are not working outside.
- Lock doors to your vehicles and keep items of value out of sight.
- Secure your vehicle and home keys inside the home rather than leaving the keys in the car or garage.
- Do not leave your car preheating unlocked and unattended.
- Keep shrubs and bushes trimmed so they do not block the visibility of windows from the street that would otherwise allow a burglar to remain undetected.
- Keep shrubs and bushes trimmed on your backyard fence line so neighbors can help watch the back of your home.
- Use outdoor lighting in front and back and consider motion detector activated lighting.
- Add an alarm/camera system for added security. This may not only give you peace of mind, but may also assist the police investigation if a burglary were to occur.
The Elk Grove Village Police Department again reminds you to report any and all suspicious activity or people that you see in your neighborhood. Do not hesitate to call 911 for police response.
For any additional questions or concerns, feel free to call the Crime Prevention Division at (847) 357-4152.