South Park Area Neighborhood Watch Meeting - 10/24/13

South Park Area

The neighborhood surrounding South Park had their most recent Neighborhood Watch meeting on 10/24/13. The meeting was facilitated by Tom Agos. Officers Bertaud and Conley also attended.

The next regularly scheduled neighborhood watch meeting for the area is currently scheduled to occur on April 24, 2014; sooner should the need arise. An official notice will be circulated in April.

Police Activity Summary:

506 police calls for service were generated in the area during the first 6 months of 2013. Historically, the annual average is 831.

34 of the calls during the first 6 months of 2013 were for Illinois Uniform Crime Report (IUCR) crimes. The annual average is 69. The rest of the police calls are considered quasi-criminal, traffic, and service-related.

Since January 2008, 4984 calls for service have been responded to in the neighborhood; 415 of them IUCR crimes. The calls for service to IUCR crime ratio in the area is roughly 8.12%.

A link to the calls for service graph and a list of the IUCR crimes occurring in the first half of 2013 is below.


Officer Bertaud presented a training session to residents pertaining to door-to-door sales people (solicitors). We discussed what defines a solicitor, registration requirements for them, constitutional considerations, and how residents can best partner with us in terms of enforcement. 

Odds and Ends: 

Again, the next meeting for the neighborhoods is scheduled for April 24th, 2014; sooner should the need arise. An official notice will be circulated when the date is closer.

Village encourages all residents to join “Nextdoor.” Nextdoor is a social media website that creates social networks based around neighborhoods. The program allows residents to talk about general issues, socialize, organize events and share information with others in the neighborhood and limits membership in your specific network to only those living within the neighborhood (which is independently confirmed through any number of methods).

The primary purpose of the program is to encourage community building in our neighborhoods. However, this also gives your HOA and the Village a powerful tool to help issue and facilitate our respective communications. To learn more about Nextdoor, please visit

To receive informational phone calls from the village through our automated system, please register by visiting, the village’s web site.

Residents are encouraged to connect with the police department via email and text message alerts by visiting, or texting 60031 to 888777 from your mobile device. The service is free and registration is fast and simple. 

Residents can stay connected with the police department through Follow the village on Twitter @VillageofGurnee.

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