As of today, December 3rd, 2012, fourteen (14) auto burglaries were reported to have occurred village-wide since Thanksgiving, November 22, 2012. The average for the time period is eight (8).
Seven (7) have occurred in business districts, and seven (7) have occurred in residential areas.
The methods of entry in five (5) of the seven (7) cases in residential areas were to unlocked vehicles. The other two (2) are listed as “undetermined.” The seven (7) occurring in business districts were to locked vehicles with valuables lying in plain view.
The holiday season, coupled with the unusually mild weather, is bringing opportunistic criminals to both our shopping and residential areas.
When parking your car, whether at home or while shopping, it’s imperative to store valuables out of sight and lock it up. Doing these two things has proven to be effective in thwarting this crime. Also, keeping exterior lights on overnight is a viable crime deterrent.
If you have any information that can lead to an apprehension in these felony crimes and the potential recovery of property, contact the Gurnee police department at 847-599-7000.
You may also report information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 847-662-2222. You may be eligible for a cash reward.