Safety Alerts & Tips
Warmer weather coupled with a challenging economy are leading to an increase in vehicle break-ins. Parking lots, including those in the forest preserves, are prime locations for these crimes. Every vehicle that has been burglarized had a valuable item left inside.
The Lake County Forest Preserves Ranger Police are reminding the public that during difficult economic times, it is more important than ever to take additional precautions to protect against vehicle break-ins. Ranger police are strongly urging preserve visitors to lock car doors, close windows, and keep personal property out of plain view, take it with you, or leave it at home.
It takes less than a minute to break a car window, unlock the door and remove items left inside. Often there are no witnesses to these offenses because of the ease and speed. These larcenies can be prevented with a little foresight and planning. If visitors see suspicious persons, vehicles, or activities, they should call 847-549-5200 immediately.
The simple act of placing valuables in the trunk of your car and out of plain view before you arrive at your destination can significantly reduce the likelihood of being a victim of auto burglary. A laptop, cell phone, GPS, wallet, purse, or even a cup holder full of change can tempt a would-be thief. You may believe that leaving these items on the floorboard or under the seat and covering over them will keep them safe, but instead it just broadcasts that you may be concealing something of value in your car.
Prepare and be aware, by incorporating these simple crime prevention tips into your daily life. Download and print this Theft Prevention Tips card, and keep it with you as a reminder.
The following Theft Prevention Tips are provided courtesy of your Lake County Forest Preserves Ranger Police.
For questions, permits or citation information, call our Ranger Police Department at 847-968-3404, weekdays, 6:30 am–3 pm.
To report an emergency, call 911.
For nonemergency public safety issues, call the Lake County Sheriff's Department at 847-549-5200 and ask to speak to a Ranger.
Forest Preserve Police Officers regularly patrol the preserves and can offer assistance.