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Police Warn of String of Car Burglaries

The most recent ones occurred in the Ravinia neighborhood. Police offer tips for keeping your cars and belongings safe.

The following is from the City of Highland Park:

The Highland Park Police Department is investigating several recent thefts from parked cars. Several items of value have been taken from unlocked cars parked in the driveways of residential neighborhoods.

The most recent incidents occurred in the Ravinia neighborhood bounded by Green Bay Road, Roger Williams Avenue, Burton Avenue and Blackstone Place. These incidents occurred overnight between Tuesday, April 29th and Wednesday, April 30th.

The City of Lake Forest also experienced several thefts from parked vehicles in the southwest portion of their city during the same time frame.  

These incidents are often crimes of opportunity. The frequency in which they occur can be reduced with sound, safe practices. The Police Department strongly encourages the following with regards to protecting yourself from becoming a victim of these opportunistic crimes:  

• Always lock your vehicle. 
• Remove all items of value from vehicles when parked for the night. 
• Consider motion activated outdoor lighting or lighting on timers. 
• Consider car alarms. 
• Keep garage doors closed and secured. 
• At a minimum, items should be taken with you or placed out of view when leaving vehicles unattended at any location at any time of the day. 
• Never leave your keys inside, regardless of how long or short of time you will be away from your car. 
• Popular items for theft include: phones, computers, purses, money (particularly change), sunglasses, and GPS units.  
The Police Department asks community members to please be diligent in reporting any suspicious persons or behavior. To report suspicious activity or file a police report, please dial (847) 432-7730. To report any police or fire emergency, dial 9-1-1. 
Running55 May 02, 2014 at 09:22 AM
Why would carrying a gun away from your car prevent a thief from opening your UNLOCKed car and taking your purse? Save money on the gun and ammo and just lock your car.
Ernesto Martinez-Ordaz May 02, 2014 at 09:50 AM
Too bad Batman doesn't live in Ravinia - he'd be throwing Batarrangs at the bad guys. POW!
Stuart Senescu May 02, 2014 at 11:44 AM
I suppose if you slept in your car then the threat to your life if it was being burglarized may justify self-defense, but shooting from your second floor armory-bedroom does not. You could of course wrap your CCW permit around a rock and throw it at the car burglar.
Walter White May 02, 2014 at 12:20 PM
Machine gun on rotating turret in trunk works every time.
Running55 May 02, 2014 at 10:42 PM
Walter White...too funny.

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