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Posted on: August 27, 2018

Neighborhood Alert: Automobile Burglaries

I would like to take this opportunity to remind all Oak Forest Residence to lock their vehicles and place all valuables inside you house after exiting your cars. The City of Oak Forest has been experiencing several auto burglaries and auto thefts over the past few months. These crimes can be avoided by locking you vehicles and removing your vehicle keys from within your car. These crimes are typically crimes of opportunity and generally do not involve forcible entry.  

If you see suspicious activity around motor vehicles, please contact the police via the non-emergency telephone number at 708-687-1376 or 911 if you need immediate assistance. Here are some helpful tips to avoid being a victim;

You can protect your valuables (phone, laptop, tablet, wallet, purse, etc.) from theft by following these simple precautions:

  • Always lock your vehicle's doors and remove valuables or at least keep them out of sight.
  • Never leave your vehicle unattended while it is unlocked.
  • If you have a garage, use it and lock the door.
  • Never leave your car keys in plain view or in an easily accessible area.
  • Use tire and/or wheel locks.
  • If you must leave valuable objects or packages in your vehicle, lock them in the trunk.
  • Park in well-lit areas when possible.
  • Avoid parking near large vehicles and bushes as they provide cover for thieves.
  • Call 911 if you see somebody looking into windows, pulling door handles or checking for alarms by bumping windows or bumpers.

In Oak Forest, the police department goal is to reduce vehicular burglaries by creating awareness of the need to properly secure vehicles so that thieves do not have an opportunity to steal valuables.


Timothy J. Kristin

Chief of Police
708-687-1376
tkristin@oak-forest.org



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