After fielding more than two dozen reports of car burglaries since April, police in Buffalo Grove are urging residents to take simple steps to protect their cars.
In the majority of the cases, the car burglaries have involved offenders taking valuables from unlocked vehicles, said Deputy Chief Michael Szos. He said residents may be feeling complacent because they are in a relatively safe community, but they need to remember to secure their cars regardless.
“Due to Buffalo Grove’s consistent placement in safest community rankings, residents may have a false sense of security, believing crime does not happen here,” Szos said in a statement. “Unfortunately, thieves read these articles as well, and target communities whose residents may not be as vigilant about protecting their property.”
Several recent car burglaries have been happening in spurts during nighttime hours, he said.
On April 24, offenders entered at least five unlocked cars in subdivisions along the north end of Buffalo Grove Road.
On May 21, thieves targeted seven unlocked vehicles around Arlington Heights and McHenry roads, while three similar incidents were reported June 17 in the 600 block of Trace Drive, police have said.
But incidents of violent crime remain low in the village, police said.
On Aug. 1, Buffalo Grove police released the results of the village’s annual Citizen Survey, which included about 400 responses from the 1,500 questionnaires that were sent to residents.
Of that group, 70.9 percent “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that the police presence in their neighborhood was appropriate, which is a decrease from the 74.2 percent who responded that way in 2014 but is higher than the 68.1 percent who responded that way in 2011.
Still, Szos urged residents to be cautious when leaving their cars overnight.
“It is unfortunate to continually receive these types of calls because burglary to vehicles is a highly preventable crime,” he said.
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