Rash of Burglaries Prompts a Warning From Elmhurst Police

Trust your instinct. If it looks like something is not right, it probably isn't.

The office of Police Chief Steve Neubauer has released the following notice for residents:

The city of Elmhurst, along with several surrounding communities, has been experiencing a rash of motor vehicle and daytime residential burglaries. Elmhurst police would like to remind citizens to take precautions so they do not become a victim.

  • Set your burglar alarm every time you leave home.
  • Obtain security system signs or decals for windows and doors.
  • Make sure when you leave home you lock all windows and doors.
  • Install interior/exterior motion detection lighting.
  • Use interior lighting and timers.
  • Watch for suspicious people and vehicles that do not belong in your neighborhood and call 911 with license plate numbers and any physical descriptions.
  • Trust your instincts. If it does not look right, it probably isn't. Call 911.
  • Most residential burglaries are committed during daylight hours when homeowners are away at work or school. If you are going to be away until late afternoon or early evening, use both interior and exterior lighting.
  • If you have a newspaper delivered, remove your paper from the driveway.
  • Always lock your vehicle with all windows up, including when it is parked at home. Vehicle burglary is very common on the victim's own driveway.
  • Never leave valuables in sight. Securing purses, wallets, GPS units, laptop computers, iPods, cash and power cords out of sight increases the chances of a thief moving on. Also, when traveling to local sporting events, parks, stores and fitness centers, secure valuables prior to arriving in case a thief might be watching you conceal belongings. This is especially important at parks and fitness centers, as an increase in incidents at these locations has been reported.
  • Keep unneeded items, such as extra credit cards, electronics and passports at home and secured.
  • Make note of suspicious activity, such as vehicles that are occupied for lengthy periods of time and people peering into vehicles, and call 911. If possible, obtain a license plate of the suspicious vehicle and NEVER confront these people. Never feel it is a bother or is not important; the police will gladly check things out.

By following these suggestions and passing them on to relatives and friends, you can prevent yourself and others from becoming a victim of crime.

Stewart Levine November 17, 2011 at 11:42 AM
There should be a reward for the first citizen with a firearm that shoots and kills or maims this person, or person(s). God Bless gun owners.
Jim Court November 17, 2011 at 02:04 PM
Stewart, Perhaps a little extreme but I still believe that Elmhurst should place video surveillance at all known exits and entries to the City. I bet that most of this crime originates from people outside our community. I realize that some people worry about the "big brother" aspect of video but what are the choices. Police cannot be everywhere. I could care less if I am seen entering or leaving the city. I want this type of behavior stopped before it grows. Elmhurst is a prime target due to surrounding communities demographics and ready access because of expressways and the commuter train. This is why also suggested that the police never dispose of old police vehicles but instead deploy them to suggest possible police presence. Maybe it is time to create a community watch effort. I detest thieves and with the drug epidemic and bad economy, it is only going to get worse. This coupled with a decline in morality and an entitlement mindset make for an increase in these type of crimes.
Ken November 17, 2011 at 02:53 PM
I never thought of owning a gun but since my house was broken into I'm having second thoughts. I live on a dead end street and the police never patrol the area. With the increase of homes for rent, mostly going to Section 8 dwellers and illegal immigrants, it maybe time to get armed and dangerous.
Jim Court November 17, 2011 at 03:13 PM
I am not how police are assigned but I think it would be wise to assign them to specific areas so that they get to know the area very well. They should meet and greet the residents and become aware of issues. My home is on a dead end street and I seldom see police patrols. What do you think about a neighborhood watch?
John November 17, 2011 at 03:15 PM
The logic here is confusing. How does a gun PREVENT your home from being broken into? If you are looking to keep someone from breaking into your home...buy a German Shepard not a gun. These break ins are occurring during the day when you are not at home...that gun will get stolen too. I promise you this - someone walks onto your porch and that dog will let them know, before they get to the door, that your home is under watch. The bad guy will simply go on to the next house because its not worth the hassle. If you don't believe this ask the police yourself. Which solution do THEY think is better to avoid break ins.
Jim Court November 17, 2011 at 03:26 PM
John, I couldn't agree more about the German Shepard. I had one years ago and you are absolutely correct.
Howard Hoffman November 17, 2011 at 04:27 PM
I think the police generally favor gun controls.
Ken November 17, 2011 at 05:03 PM
My neighbor answered the door and the two guys rushed in when he opened it and ran through the house taking valuables and leaving before the police could be called. A gun is cheaper than a dog and doesn't need to be taken out for walks or fed.
Jim Court November 17, 2011 at 07:08 PM
Maybe a German Shepard and an Italian Beretta ?
Stewart Levine November 20, 2011 at 03:44 PM
yeah i think when people turn the evening news on tv and they get one of those goofy women reporters and she acts all shaken up that a citizen blew a few burglars or dope junkies away dirty harry style for bursting in his door trying to rob his house. the criminals realize they dont want to efff with anyone around there because they might not make it out alive. Think about a criminal trying to rob someone and having the home owner pull out a .45 caliber pistol.... that size bullet would make ones head explode like a pumpkin. , and mean death if you were hit anywhere else. Thats what you get trying to take what doesnt belong to you, and as a community sending that message would be a great thing. The cops don't care about you anyways they are too busy getting their monthly ticket quota, busting pot smokers and stalking bars for potential DUI suspects. I would prefer to live around a bunch of libertarian gun owners, than a bunch of communists and homosexuals.
Stewart Levine November 20, 2011 at 03:47 PM
screw the new tax agenda and your gay rights. i don't care for either of them and i'd rather live around the guy whose packing and ready for power to be out for 2 or 3 weeks. when those trucks stop moving and the food trucks stop delivering. you better be ready.


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