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Police offer seasonal crime tips

Dec. 2, 2020 - The Oak Park Police Department is working to raise public awareness of some common crimes of the season by offering the following tips to help reduce the chances of becoming a victim:

  • Package theft - The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly increased online shopping this holiday season and if you are expecting deliveries, make arrangements with friends, family or neighbors so that packages will not be left out where thieves can get them. Check with your online retailer as some offer options to deliver your packages to a business or secure location, such as a locker. Click here for more tips on preventing package delivery thefts.
     
  • Pickpockets and thieves - Extended shopping trips and dining out with friends may be curtailed this year due to COVID-19, but residents are still encouraged to protect purses, bags and wallets when out in public. Thieves like bags and purses hanging on chair backs, left in shopping carts, sitting unattended or simply set down while the owner answers a telephone or is otherwise distracted.
     
  • Auto burglaries - Packages and valuables left visible in an auto - even if it is locked - are an invitation to thieves who may be willing to damage your vehicle to get at them. And if you have to make multiple trips from your car to your home to unload, be alert - especially if the car is left unattended.
     
  • Motor vehicle theft - Many autos are reported stolen during colder months after being left unattended to warm up, unlocked and running with the keys in the ignition. This can happen on the street, in a garage or while making a quick stop at a store for a carryout order or gas station. Leaving a running vehicle unattended not only increases its risk of being stolen, it also is a violation of state law.

Residents are urged to report any suspicious activity to the Police non-emergency number, 708.386.3800. And if you see a crime taking place, or about to take place, always call 911. More information on the Police Department is posted at www.oak-park.us/police.