Highland Park Police Offer Safety Tips after Rash of Vehicle Burglaries

by Tina Johansson

After a series of car burglaries and stolen cars, Highland Park Police are reminding residents to take precautions to minimize the risks of being victimized.

Among them are to move anything of value out of plain sight and lock your vehicles when not in use, especially at night.

In the early morning hours last month, there were several burglaries to vehicles in the 300 block of Central Avenue and the 400 block of Park Avenue, Highland Park Police said. In addition, two vehicles were stolen, and a house was burglarized. In almost all of the cases, vehicles were left unlocked with keys left inside. In the case of the residential burglary, the front door of the residence was not secured.

In the residential burglary which occurred Nov. 16, it was the first such incident reported where offenders entered the home while the victims were asleep.

Highland Park Police pointed out that North Shore communities have been targeted recently because criminals apparently deemed the area as no risk with high reward due to the ease entering unlocked vehicles, the possibility of getting away with valuable items, or stealing the vehicles out right.

In the residential burglary which occurred Nov. 16, it was the first such incident reported where offenders entered the home while the victims were asleep.

Among other preventive measures, Highland Park Police suggest that you make sure that your home is secure when you go to sleep at night or go away, and report all suspicious activities by dialing 847.432.7730 for non-emergencies. Call 911 for emergencies.

Residents are encouraged to join the city’s Neighbor to Neighbor Initiative Lear more about the program at www.cityhpil.com/n2n.

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