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Public Safety Reminder from the Crystal Lake Police

Tips to keep your property safe

Post Date:07/30/2018 7:26 AM

Press Release


Date: July 30, 2018

Contact: Deputy Chief Tom Kotlowski

                 100 West Woodstock Street

                 Crystal Lake, IL 60014

                 (815) 356-3730 

With sunny days, blue skies and warm, moonlit summer nights, everyone tends to spend more time outside enjoying the weather.  Unfortunately, so do criminals who are looking for things of yours that they can call their own.  Property crimes are crimes of opportunity. It is important you lock your doors to take away that opportunity. To help ensure the safety of everyone and their property, Crystal Lake Police Department reminds residents to follow these few easy tips.

  1. Lock it up!  Lock your doors, both car and home, and close any overhead garage doors left open.  This includes rolling up your car windows and closing any home windows that are accessible from the ground floor.


  2. Bring it in!  Always bring mail and any packages delivered inside your home.  This includes items in your car.  Bring any valuables you had inside your vehicle into your home for the night.


  3. Turn it on!  A well lit home helps keep criminals away, so turn on exterior lights at night to defend against unwanted company.


  4. Talk about it!  If you see something or someone suspicious, please call police and we will check it out right away.  Your tip may help keep you and your neighbors safe and possibly help solve a crime that was already committed.     


    While we are fortunate to have a relatively low rate of criminal incidents within the City of Crystal Lake, we do experience thefts from vehicles. In nearly all of these cases, vehicles were left unlocked while unattended. We would greatly appreciate your assistance in combating this type of crime by simply locking your vehicles and keeping valuables out of plain view. The fraction of time it takes to secure your valuables may make the difference.


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