Thursday, December 11, 2008

Safety Alert

The Edgewater Community Council has issued a safety alert that pertains especially to elders, here in its entirety, for residents of Uptown, Edgewater, Ravenswood, Rogers Park, Lincoln Square, and West Ridge:

December, 2008

Community Alert

18th,19th,20th,24th Chicago Police Districts

One to three offenders
  • male white or white Hispanic,
  • 20's to 30's
  • 5'04 to 5'08
  • 150-160 lbs
  • white or silver automobile, possibly a white hatchback with temporary plates
try to gain entry into homes of lone elderly victims by deception. Offenders claim to be employees of a utility company needing to enter the residence to make repairs. Occasionally the offenders claim to be new neighbors or construction workers.
One of the offenders keeps the victim distracted while the others search for and remove valuables and cash from home.

If you have any information please call 911.

Tips on calling 911

Keep your Holiday Season Safe by Following These Safety Tips

The Holiday Season is a very special time of the year. It's a time for family, friends, and festivities! But also a time when busy people forget to be careful about their personal safety and property. As a result, people can become victims of burglary, theft, fraud, and con-games.

Everyone could use extra money around the Holidays, including the criminals. The Chicago Police Department is publishing a few suggestions to make sure that your holidays are safe and secure.

  • Give your home the "occupied appearance" by leaving various lights on.
  • Let a trusted neighbor know if you are going to be gone for longer period of time. Return the favor and create a "Neighborhood Watch".
  • Don't use shortcuts through alleys or walkways. Always use well-lit and well-traveled areas.
  • Always keep a hand free for emergencies.
  • Shop with friends and relatives. There is safety in numbers.
  • If you must take a purse with you, carry it close to your body with the clasp turned towards your body.
  • Cash should be carried in a front pants pocket.
  • Do not display large sums of cash.
  • Never leave your purse in a shopping cart or on a counter unattended while you shop.
  • Transfer valuables to the trunk of your vehicle before you reach your destination.
  • Never leave valuables in plain view inside of your vehicle.
  • Keys should never be carried in your purse. Keep your keys in your pocket.
  • Remain alert at all times.
  • When returning to your vehicle or home, have your keys in your hand before you reach the door.
  • Use the "panic or alarm button" on your chain if you feel fearful or suspicious.
  • Be alert for suspicious persons loitering in parking lots.
  • Always lock your vehicle even if you are only going to be gone for a few minutes.
  • Lock your doors immediately upon entering your vehicle and always drive with your doors locked.
Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!
Aida Kulasic
Edgewater CommunityCouncil
Housing and Safety Director

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