Providence Oaks and Country Trails Neighborhood Watch Meeting - 5/17/12

Providence Oaks and Country Trails

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Providence Oaks and Country Trails had their most recent Neighborhood Watch meeting on 05/17/12. The meeting was facilitated by Officer Martin DePerte. Officers Moe and Bertaud, along with Commander Meyer, and Sgt. Farrow were present. 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 presentation on the criminal prosecution process.

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Providence Oaks and Country Trails are contained with the bounds of 2 police sub-beats; 121 and 135. 415 police calls for service were responded to in those 2 beats during 2011. Historically, the average is 374. 

23 (roughly 5.5%) of the calls received from the neighborhoods in 2011 were for IUCR crimes. 28 crimes were reported in 2010. The average is 25. The rest of the police calls are considered quasi-criminal, traffic, and service-related.

A review of IUCR crimes reported during the past 12 months show property crime remain the predominant crimes in the neighborhood. There were 5 residential burglaries in 2011 and 2 in 2010.

Since January 2006, 2,241 calls for service have been responded to in the sub-beats; 151 of them crimes.

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 (34) were reported in 2007. The lowest (15) in 2006.

The next regularly scheduled neighborhood watch meeting for the area is currently slated for 11/08/12 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM at the Gurnee police station. An official notice will be circulated when the date is closer.