‘Tis the holiday season complete with festive lights, snowy days and, unfortunately, an increase in criminal activity. Most of the crimes that increase around this time of year are crimes of opportunity. The Oak Park Police Department has offered some tips to prevent yourself from becoming a victim:
Package theft – If you are expecting deliveries, make arrangements with friends, family or neighbors so that packages will not be left out where thieves can get them.
Pickpockets and thieves – While out shopping or dining take care with purses, bags, and wallets. Thieves like bags and purses hanging on chair backs, left in shopping carts, sitting unattended or simply set down while the owner answers a telephone or is otherwise distracted.
Auto burglaries – Packages and valuables left visible in an auto – even if it is locked – are an invitation to thieves who may be willing to damage your vehicle to get at them. And if you have to make multiple trips from your car to your home to unload, be alert – especially if the car is left unattended.
Motor vehicle theft – Many autos are reported stolen during colder months after being left unattended to warm up, unlocked and running with the keys in the ignition. This can happen on the street, in a garage or while making a quick stop at a store. Leaving a running vehicle unattended not only increases its risk of being stolen, but it also is a violation of state law.
Look out for your neighbors as well! Report any suspicious activity to the Oak Park Police Department’s non-emergency number, 708-386-3800.