Prairie Oaks; patrol beat 64-4 Neighborhood Watch Meeting - 6/28/12

Prairie Oaks; patrol beat 64-4

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The Prairie Oaks subdivision had their most recent Neighborhood Watch meeting on 06/28/12. The meeting was facilitated by Crime Prevention Technician Tom Agos. Officer Tami Martin also attended along with an appearance by Sgt. Dave Farrow. 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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Prairie Oaks is contained within the bounds of police sub-beat 64. 482 police calls for service were responded to during 2011 in that beat. Historically, the average is 576. Through May 30th 2012, 263 police calls for service have been responded to.

40 (roughly 8.2%) of the calls received from the neighborhood in 2011 were for IUCR crimes. 35 were reported in 2010. So far in 2012, 14 IUCR cases have been generated. 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 17 criminal damage to property reports in 2011 and 4 so far in 2012. There were 2 vehicle burglary reports in 2011 as opposed to 6 reported in 2010. So far in 2012, 1 auto burglary report has been filed. There were no residential burglary reports in 2011 and 1 in 2010.

Since January 2006, 3,457 calls for service have been responded to in the sub-beat; 347 of them IUCR crimes.

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 (116) were reported in 2007. The lowest (35) in 2010. The six-year average is 58 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.