About the Crime: This alert gives notice to citizens residing in the 009th District (Deering) of an increase in burglary related incidents during the month of February and March. In these incidents, offender(s) makes entry into residences by forcing open doors and takes items from therein. In one incident, a possible offender was seen attempting to force open a door. Tl1ese incidents have occurred at various hours of the day in the general geographical locations listed below:
Incident times and locations:
2900 Block of S. Union Ave. on February 19, 2013 (daytime).
2800 Block of S. Union Ave. on March 5, 2013 (daytime).
2900 Block of S. Wallace St. on March 5, 2013 (daytime).
2700 Block of S. Emerald Ave. on March 5, 2013 (daytime).
About the offenders: In one incident, a Male/White Hispanic 45·55 years of age, 6'0", 280 Ibs. was seen attempting to make entry to a residence and he fled when confronted.
What you can do:
Keep the perimeter of your property well lighted
Report suspicious activity immediately
Keep doors and windows secured
Immediately repair any broken windows, doors or locks
If you are a victim do not touch anything, call police immediately
If approached by a witness to the incident, request contact information
If you have any information Contact the Bureau of Detectives Area Central
Community Alert !
Residents of the 9th District should be aware of an increase in con games targeting senior citizens as victims. Two offenders pretend to be employees of the Fire Department, Water Department or a cable company in order to gain access to homes of senior citizens. The offenders distract the victim, search the residence, then take money and/or valuables. The two offenders are described as White or Hispanic males in their late 30's - early 50's, 5'6" - 6", 135 - 200 pounds with light complexions, black hair and brown eyes. The offenders have been seen wearing blue jackets, blue hats, khaki pants or blue jeans, and possibly a yellow work vest, and were driving a silver mini van or gray station wagon.
What You Can Do :
Make other residents in your area aware of these incidents, particularly senior citizens who may live alone.
Never let anyone into your home without verifying their identity.
Always ask for photo identification and/or company ID cards from anyone asking for entry into your home.
If you still feel uncomfortable, call the City at 311 or the utility company to verify there is a crew working in your area that needs access to your home.
Always call 911 immediately to report suspicious people or activity in your neighborhood.
Write down vehicle information and a physical description, including a clothing description, for any suspicious people you see in your neighborhood.
If you have any information regarding these incidents, contact 9th District Senior Services Officer Tracy Knightly at (312) 747-3501 and Area One Detective Division at (312) 747 8384
Don't Be A Victim
Senior Citizen Safety Tips
- Do NOT allow strangers inside your home, they may not be who they claim to be!
- -If you don't know them, DON'T LET THEM IN!
- Safeguard personal information.
- -Collect your mail regularly and shred documents containing personal information.
- Never give out personal information over the telephone.
- Sign up for the "Do Not Call Registry" (1-888-382-1222)
- Never use a door-to-door salesperson without checking their references.
- Educate yourself on issues in your neighborhood, attend your Beat/CAPS meeting!
- Call police regarding suspicious person(s) or activity!
The 11th Ward office, located at 3659 South Halsted St., Chicago, Illinois 60609 (773) 254-6677 is staffed Monday through Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm to provide city services and assistance to the constituents of the 11th Ward.