Neighborhood Watch Crime Alert: Auto Burglaries

Date and time occurred:

07/01/11 through 07/25/11
6:00 PM to 2:00 AM


Parking lots in patrol district 4; Olive Garden, Chili’s, Lone Star Steakhouse, Red Lobster, Applebee’s, Best Western, La Quinta, Gold’s Gym, etc.

Automobile Burglaries

Seventeen (17) auto burglary cases have been reported to have occurred at or near the above-listed locations since 07/01/11. Points of entry to each vehicle include unlocked vehicles, partially open side windows being pulled down by force, and side windows smashed out. Suspects seem to be focusing on parking areas at local businesses where employees park their cars. They are targeting items such as purses, laptop computers, cell phones, MP3 players, after-market stereo equipment and GPS units.

When parking your car, please remember to store valuables out of sight, close the windows, and lock it. Doing this goes a long way in terms of prevention. Also, parking in well-lit and well-populated areas of parking lots has proven to be an effective deterrent to many different crimes.

Investigation of these cases remains active. If you have any information about these felony crimes please feel free to contact the Gurnee Police Department at 847-599-7000. You may also report information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 847-662-2222.

Please feel free to contact the crime prevention unit at 847-599-7080 with any questions or concerns you may have.