Bittersweet Woods; Patrol Beat 72 Neighborhood Watch Meeting - 6/14/12

Bittersweet Woods; Patrol Beat 72

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The Bittersweet Woods subdivision had their most recent Neighborhood Watch meeting on 06/14/12. The meeting was facilitated by Crime Prevention Technician Tom Agos. Officers Chad Tompoles and Phil Mazur also attended. The audio recording is attached and below is a brief summary:

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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Bittersweet Woods is contained within the bounds of police sub-beat 72. 343 police calls for service were responded to during 2011 in that beat. Historically, the average is 539. Through May 30th 2012, 177 police calls for service have been responded to.

22 (roughly 6.4%) of the calls received from the neighborhood in 2011 were for IUCR crimes. 25 were reported in 2010. 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 issues in the neighborhood. There were 15 criminal damage to property reports in 2011 and 6 in 2012. There was 1 residential burglary reported in 2011 and 1 in 2010.

Since January 2006, 3,232 calls for service have been responded to in the sub-beat; 130 of them IUCR crimes. On average, 54.5% of the calls for service generated in patrol beat 72 are officer-generated traffic enforcement actions.

Crimes and calls for service that speak to quality of life issues in residential neighborhoods have remained relatively stable for the past 6 years, as has the total number of actual crimes being reported each year. The highest number of crimes (25) were reported in 2010. The lowest (16) in 2009. The six-year average is 22 per year.

The next regularly scheduled neighborhood watch meeting for the area is currently slated for a December 2012 date at the Gurnee police station. An official notice will be circulated when the date is closer.