Yesterday afternoon a burglary was reported on Red Oak Lane in Highland Park. No one was home during the burglary, but small items were taken. Situations such as these are important reminders that crime can happen anywhere.
Crime prevention is everyone’s responsibility. One of the best ways to take an active part in crime prevention is to become more alert and aware of what is going on around you. Crime can be reduced by following some simple measures like locking your doors, watching out for your neighbors, and keeping your personal information secure.
North Shore communities have been targeted as criminals associate the area as a low risk, high reward endeavor due to the ease of entering unlocked vehicles and the possibility of getting away with valuable items and/or vehicles. In the past, there have been a few instances where the offenders would enter an unlocked vehicle and use a garage door opener to enter a garage and steal anything of value.
Your home should be a safe haven. Most burglaries occur during daylight hours and many intruders gain access through open or poorly secured doors and windows.
The Police Department recommends residents take the following precautions in order to deter potential offenders and minimize their risk of being targeted:
- Install solid, easy-to-use locks on your doors and windows, including sliders and garage. Use deadbolt locks on all the doors.
- Don't hide extra keys under the doormats or in planters, etc. Leave an extra set with a neighbor or friend.
- Never open the door to strangers. If a stranger asks to use your phone, offer to make the call for them.
- Ask service technicians or care providers you don't know for ID before you open the door.
- Keep your home well-lit at night, inside and out.
- Draw the curtains and blinds at night.
- Engrave your valuables (don't use your Social Security number) and list their serial numbers and description.
- Move anything of value out of plain sight when exiting a vehicle.
- Lock your vehicle at all times, especially during the overnight hours.
- Make sure your home is secure when you are away or going to sleep for the night.
- Be aware of and report all suspicious activity.
The Police Department encourages all citizens and businesses to be aware of their surroundings and alert the police of any suspicious activity (non-emergency: 847.432.7730, and 911 for emergencies).