Highland Park Police warn of increase in crime, give safety tips

Above, Highland Park Police Chief Paul Shafer explains that crime prevention is a shared responsibility. – Highland Park Police

The northern suburbs have recently experienced an increase in car burglaries and auto theft. These crimes occur both during the daytime and during the evening hours and involve different types of entry. Most of the vehicles are unlocked, but in some cases, windows were broken to gain entry. In all recently reported cases, valuable items were left in plain view.

“Crime prevention is a shared responsibility between the Police Department and our residents,” said Highland Park Chief of Police Paul Shafer. “Following personal safety tips helps keep you and your family safe and creates a climate of safety within the community.”

The Highland Park Police Department encourages residents to take the following precautions to avoid becoming a victim of car burglaries and auto theft:

Always lock your car even if it is in your driveway or in front of your home. Unlocked vehicles containing garage door openers also provide thieves with access to other valuables.

  • Do not leave valuable items in your car in plain view. Purses, wallets, electronic items and shopping purchases should be removed or secured in the trunk out of
  • Don’t leave keys, fobs, or valet keys in unattended
  • Always park in a well-lit area if
  • Consider motion activated outdoor lighting or lighting on
  • Make sure your garage door is closed and any access door into the garage is
  • Consider a car alarm in conjunction with an alarm for your home. Many insurance companies offer a discount on premiums for property with
  • Promptly report any suspicious persons or activity in your neighborhood to the Police Department at 847.432.7730 or dial
  • Consider joining the Higland Park Neighbor to Neighbor program. Crime prevention is most effective when the community takes an active role. Call 847.926.1000 for more information on the Neighbor to Neighbor

For more information contact Commander Jon Lowman at 847.432-7730.

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