Lock It or Lose It: Help Prevent Car Burglaries and Thefts
While our Public Safety teams work diligently around the clock to ensure that Glencoe is as safe as possible, our residents also have a part to play. Right now your task is simple: lock your cars. Last year alone, 40 car burglaries and 10 car thefts were reported to Public Safety—an unwelcome mark we’re on track to hit again this year, with 10 car burglaries and two car thefts already reported. In every case – every case – car doors were left unlocked, and in the cases of car theft, keys had been left inside the car. This means that each incident referenced above was preventable.
I ask you to please consider that more is at stake than being relieved of your loose change or cell phone chargers—with access to your car, many thieves also gain access to your home through garage door openers, or even house keys that share a key ring with car keys. Beyond personal property, the repeated offenses add up to more opportunities for each of us, our neighbors and friends, and especially our Public Safety Officers, to interact with and encounter criminals in our community, some of whom have been found to be armed. If we don’t provide them opportunities, they are less likely to want to be here.
Car thefts and burglaries continue to be a trend along the North Shore, with known crews out of Chicago working the area. Our best defense is to stop inviting the criminals into our community. Public Safety Director Cary Lewandowski has developed the following tips for helping to prevent car thefts and burglaries specifically:
- Lock your car
- Roll-up all car windows
- Take your keys with you
- Remove all valuables, including purses, wallets and cell phones, particularly when parked overnight
- Remove your garage remote, or keep it out of sight
- Set your car alarm (if not automatic)
- Remove spare keys hidden on or in your car
- Park and lock your car in a garage when possible (don’t forget to lock your garage door too!)
- Remove items with personal information, such as your driver’s license, registration, etc. – consider carrying your vehicle registration in your wallet
- Lock doors that connect your garage to your house
- If you see something, say something! Always report suspicious activity and crimes to Public Safety.