Businesses across the Southwest Side continue to get hit by
burglars, according to a community alert released by CPD at 10:16 PM Monday, January 6.
Is it the work of a lone burglar? A single burglary crew? Or are these unrelated crimes? That's not entirely known right now, police say.
What is known is that businesses need to redouble their efforts at security, and the rest of us need to do a better job of keeping eyes and ears on our neighborhood businesses. We work hard to make our neighborhoods good places. Let's not let petty criminals damage that in any way!
So, if you see something suspicious, call 911 immediately. Let the police decide if it's worth checking out. That's what CPD asks us to do, again and again, at CAPS meetings and other community meetings. Why not take them up on it?
Also, if you have not joined your neighborhood watch or civic association, please do! Scroll to the bottom of this page to see links to some of the best ones.
About the crimes: police say the burglars typically smash their way in the through front doors. The crimes have occurred at nighttime.
Crime scenes include:
• 6000 block of South Kedzie on December 20.
• 5800 block of South Kedzie on December 20.
• 7500 block of South Kedzie on December 22.
• 5100 block of South Archer on December 25.
• 5000 block of South Archer on December 26.
• 6600 block of South Pulaski on January 2.
• 6600 block of West Archer on January 4.
• 6100 block of West Archer on January 4.
• 7000 block of South Pulaski on January 4.
• 6700 block of South Pulaski on January 4.
• 8300 block of South Kedzie on January 4.
• 3700 block of West 79th Street on January 5.
Those with useful information to share about any of the crimes are asked to call CPD Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8380 and refer to crime pattern P20-1-006.
In the meantime, here is some advice from CPD for local business owners:
• Keep the perimeter of your property well lit.
• Report suspicious activity immediately.
• Keep doors and windows secured.
• Immediately repair any broken windows, doors or locks.
• If video surveillance is available, save and make a copy of the incident for investigating detectives.
• If you are a victim do not touch anything. Call police immediately.
• If approached by a witness to the incident, request contact information.
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