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

Bittersweet Woods; Patrol Beat 72

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The Bittersweet Woods area had their most recent Neighborhood Watch meeting on 12/12/12. The meeting was facilitated by Analyst Tom Agos. Officers Martin, O’Brien, and Vorpagel also attended. A 47-minute audio recording is attached. Below is a brief summary:

Police Activity Summary:

382 police calls for service have been generated by the area (patrol beat 72) from January 1st through October 31st, 2012. Historically, the annual average is 494.

24 of the calls during the examined time period were for Illinois Uniform Crime Report (IUCR) crimes. The rest of the police calls are considered quasi-criminal, traffic, and service-related.

Since January 2006, 2,968 calls for service have been responded to in the neighborhood; 132 of them IUCR crimes. The calls for service to IUCR crime ratio in the area is roughly 4.7%.

We presented a training session to the group featuring the DVD “Shots Fired! When Lightning Strikes.” This dynamic video is designed to teach members of the public realistic strategies for dealing with an active shooter situation. Visit for a 2 minute sample.

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The next regularly scheduled neighborhood watch meeting for the area is currently slated for May 22, 2013; sooner should the need arise. An official notice will be circulated when the date is closer.