The police department gave a presentation at the Coventry Estates Neighborhood Watch meeting on 04/19/12. The meeting was attended by officers Tompoles, Nauseda, and Dingman along with Sergeant Farrow and Chief Woodside. The audio recording is attached and below is a brief summary:
Chief Kevin Woodside introduced himself to the group and shared his thoughts on the importance of neighborhood watch.
Patricia Fix; Chief of the Felony Trial Division of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office gave a short presentation on the criminal prosecution process.
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308 police calls for service were responded to in patrol beats 20 and 34 during 2011. The 6-year average is 273. 12 (roughly 3.8%) of the calls received from the neighborhood in 2011 were for IUCR crimes. The rest of the calls are considered quasi-criminal, traffic, and service-related. There were no crimes against persons (violent crime) reported in the neighborhood during 2010 and 2011.
A review of IUCR crimes reported during the past 24 months show property crime such as vehicle burglary and fraud/theft remain the predominant cases in the neighborhood. There was 1 residential burglary and auto theft reported in 2011 and none in 2010. Since 2006, 1,636 calls for service have been responded to in the patrol beats; 52 of them crimes. 3.4% of police calls are reports of crime.
Crimes and calls for service that speak to quality of life issues in residential neighborhoods have remained relatively stable in neighborhood for the past 6 years, as has the total number of actual crimes being reported each year. The highest number of crimes (15) were reported in 2006. The lowest (3) in 2010.
The next regularly scheduled neighborhood watch meeting for the area is currently slated for 10/11/12 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM at the Gurnee police station. An official notice will be circulated when the date is closer.