The neighborhoods surrounding Chittenden Park (patrol beats 80 and a portion of 81) had their most recent neighborhood watch meeting on 10/17/13. The meeting was facilitated by Officer Dion Snyder. Commander Campbell, along with Officers Tom Woodruff, Dave Bertaud, Mark O’Brien, Kevin Schreiner and Robert Lietz also attended. A link to the 54 minute audio recording of the meeting is above.
The next regularly scheduled neighborhood watch meeting for the area is currently slated for April 17th, 2014; sooner should the need arise. An official notice will be circulated when the date is closer.
Police Activity Summary:
680 police calls for service have been generated by patrol beat 81, which is east of Delany Rd., during the first 6 months of 2013. Historically, the annual average is 924.
38 of the calls during the first 6 months of 2013 were for Illinois Uniform Crime Report (IUCR) crimes. The rest of the police calls are considered quasi-criminal, traffic, and service-related.
Since January 2008, 5,544 calls for service have been responded to in the neighborhood; 374 of them IUCR crimes. The calls for service to IUCR crime ratio in the area is roughly 7.2%.
35 police calls for service have been generated by single-family areas in patrol beat 80, which is west of Delany Rd., during the first 6 months of 2013. Historically, the annual average is 57.
Since January 2008, 342 calls for service have been responded to in the Brown Circle neighborhood; 23 of them IUCR crimes. The calls for service to IUCR crime ratio in the area is roughly 6.9%.
40 of the service calls during the first 6 months of 2013 in both beats were for Illinois Uniform Crime Report (IUCR) crimes. 4 of the reported crimes occurred at single-family residences. The remaining 36 occurred at businesses and/or on the major roadways that are within each patrol beat.
Officers Bertaud and O’Brien 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 17th, 2014; sooner should the need arise. An official notice will be circulated when the date is closer.
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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.
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