16220 Wausau Avenue
South Holland, IL 60473
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The Community Alert is to provide our residents with helpful information to help protect their neighbors and themselves from crimes that have occurred in the area or crimes that are common for the specific time of the year.
The South Holland Police Department has recently arrested subjects involved in daytime residential burglaries of unoccupied or vacant homes. Although we have taken several subjects in custody we do not believe that all subjects involved have been apprehended.
Although home burglaries may seem random in occurrence, they actually involve a selection process. The burglar’s selection process is simple – choose an unoccupied home with the easiest access, the greatest amount of cover and with the best escape route. Most burglaries are committed by young males in their late teens and early twenties.
Your South Holland Police Department cannot function effectively without the concerned assistance of our responsible citizens. We are depending on you to call and report suspicious persons or activities.
Some people fail to call us simply because they are not aware of what seemingly innocent activities might be suspicious. Others may notice suspicious activity and be hesitant to call out of fear. Still others take it for granted that somebody else will call. You are assisting the police, not bothering us, when you report suspicious activity. Basically, anything that seems even slightly "out of place" or is occurring at an unusual time of day could be criminal activity.
Be mindful of:
Persons around the neighborhood who you do not recognize as residents.
Teenagers on a school day who are walking the area.
Someone knocks on your door and asks for a person who does not reside at your home. This is simple way to see if anyone is home.
You see someone in your neighbor’s backyard that you do not recognize.
Someone carrying property at an unusual hour, or in an unusual location, or the person is running with the property.
Parked, occupied vehicles containing one or more persons could be possible “look-outs” for a burglary or other illegal activity.
Persons leaving a parked vehicle and walking or running directly into backyards.
Work trucks in the driveways of vacant home either very early in the morning or late at night.
Make it difficult to become a victim of opportunity by:
Making sure your vehicle is secure, windows up and doors locked.
Securing your vehicle at gas stations, fast food restaurants, or running into the house to retrieve something, even for a few minutes.
Not leaving anything of value or importance (such as cell phones, laptops, iPads, briefcases, purses, etc.) in your vehicle while parked, even for a few minutes.
Paying attention when parking your vehicle and being aware of who is parked next to you. If you have a bad feeling about the occupants in the car next to you, safely move to another parking spot.
Using your GARAGE. A garage offers a tremendous amount of security for your vehicle.
If you do not have access to a garage, try parking your vehicle in a spot on your driveway that is close to a motion light or porch light that remains on overnight, rather than on the street.
Lastly, know your neighborhood: If you see or feel something is suspicious, please call the South Holland Police Department immediately. If something doesn’t feel right, it’s probably not right, and the Police can help.
IF YOU SEE IT, SAY IT! CRIME TIP HOT LINE! 596-CALL
South Holland Police, working with you. Tell us what you see - call our Police Department 24 hour hotline with crime tips: 708-596-2255