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July 1, 2013

Summer Vacation Crime Prevention Tips At Home


The Hinsdale Police Department encourages you to follow these crime prevention tips if you are traveling away from your home during the Holiday Season:

  • The #1 prevention tip is to make your house look “LIVED IN” when you’re away. Never let items pile up in the mailbox or on the porch. It sends the message that no one is home or watching the residence.
  • Arrange with a trusted neighbor to pick up your mail, newspapers, and garbage cans. They live in your neighborhood and know what looks suspicious in the area.
  • Make arrangements with trusted friends, neighbors or family to shovel the driveway and maintain the property.
  • Set automatic timers for interior and exterior lights, radio and TV’s. Turn the ringer down on the phone. A ringing phone alerts others that no one is home.
  • Leave your window shades in a “normal” position, or have your “house-watcher” move the window shade positioning throughout your vacation or your time away from your home. DO NOT CLOSE THE BLINDS.
  • Lock your valuables in a safe deposit box or fire safe. Document all valuables via videotape and place this and important serial numbers in a safe deposit box as well.
  • Notify the police department and request a “VACATION WATCH.”
  • Lock ALL ladders, lawn supplies, etc in the shed or garage and make sure your garage is secured at all times.
  • Take your garage door openers OUT of your vehicles. Remove important papers and documents with personal information on them. Have vehicles moved on occasion, so as to not be parked in one spot all the time.
  • Make sure your burglar and fire alarms are in working condition. Test them with the alarm company and make sure your alarm company has an updated call list.
  • Secure your windows by “PINNING” them and place a security bar in the track of your sliding glass doors.
  • Leave emergency contact information with the police or a trusted neighbor.
  • If you see a suspicious person or vehicle PLEASE don’t hesitate to notify the police by calling 911.
  • PLEASE close & lock your garage doors and any external doors.


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April 18, 2013 1:30pm

Residents are encouraged to photograph damages to their property. The Village of Hinsdale has declared a State of Emergency by Village President Tom Cauley.

April 18, 2013 11:55am

Village of Hinsdale Opens the Emergency Operations Center Due to Flooding

The Village of Hinsdale has activated its Emergency Operation Center to coordinate their efforts in addressing the current concerns surrounding the weather and flood conditions the area is experiencing. The public is urged to shelter in place during this event and utilize emergency services and 911 if warranted. Local flooding is wide spread and public safety officials are urging the public to avoid travel unless absolutely necessary during this incident. As a reminder, the following points are being provided as guidelines during this emergency:

  • Do not attempt to traverse any high standing water by vehicle or while on foot.
  • Do not enter or access flooded basements because of electrical concerns that may cause electrocution. If these conditions exist call 911 for assistance from the Fire Department.
  • The Fire Department cannot assist with removal of water from a basement and will only respond to emergency calls.


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November 27, 2012

CYBER SHOPPING SAFETY TIPS

Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving) and online shopping throughout the entire holiday season have become increasingly popular in recent years, and the trend is expected to continue this season.  According to MarketLive, an e-commerce software and solutions provider, online shoppers in the U.S. are projected to spend more than $54 billion this holiday season, nearly a 17 percent increase over the $47 billion spent last year.  The increase in online shopping coincides with an increase in mobile device use, and more shoppers will be using special holiday smartphone apps to find the best deals.

Before you click or tap to buy that "must have" item on your holiday list, check out these tips below to make sure you're doing everything you can to avoid becoming a victim of cyber crime:

  • Secure your mobile device and computer. Be sure to keep the operating system and application software updated/patched on all of your computers and mobile devices. Be sure to check that any anti-virus/anti-spyware software installed is running and receiving automatic updates. Confirm that your firewall is enabled.
  • Know and trust your online shopping merchants. Limit your online shopping to merchants you know and trust. If you have questions about a merchant, check with the Better Business Bureau or the Federal Trade Commission.  Confirm the online seller's physical address and phone number in case you have questions or problems.
  • Look for “https” when making an online purchase. The "s" in “https” stands for "secure” and indicates that communication with the webpage is encrypted. If you submit your credit card information through an organization's website, be sure to look for indicators that the site is secure. Look for a padlock or key icon in the browser's status bar and be sure “https” appears in the website’s address bar before making an online purchase.  You should also make sure that your browser software is current and up-to-date.
  • Password protect your mobile device and computer.  It’s the simplest and one of the most important steps to take to secure your mobile device and computer. If you need to create an account with the merchant, be sure to use a strong password. Use at least eight characters, with numbers, special characters, and upper and lower case letters.  Adhere to the tenant “a unique password for every unique site.”
  • Do not respond to pop-ups. When a window pops up promising you cash or gift cards for answering a question or taking a survey, close it by pressing Control + F4 for Windows and Command + W for Macs.
  • Avoid scams and fraud. Don’t ever give your financial information or personal information over e-mail or text.  Be aware of unsolicited communications purporting to represent stores or charities. Always think before you click on e-mails you receive asking for donations and contact the organization directly to verify the request.  Information on many current scams can be found on the website of the Internet Crime Complaint Center, a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National White Collar Crime Center: http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx.
  • Do not use public computers or public wireless for your online shopping.  Public computers may contain malicious software that steals your credit card information when you place your order. Additionally, criminals may be intercepting traffic on public wireless networks to steal credit card numbers and other confidential information.
  • Pay by credit card, not debit card.  The safest way to shop on the Internet is to pay with a credit card rather than debit card, as credit cards are protected by the Fair Credit Billing Act and may reduce your liability if your information was used improperly.
  • Print your online transactions.  Print or save records of your online transactions, including the product description and price, the online receipt, and the e-mails you send and receive from the seller.  Carefully review your credit card statements as soon as you receive them to confirm that all charges are legitimate.  Contact your credit card company immediately if you have unauthorized charges on your account.
  • Review privacy policies. Review the privacy policy for the website/merchant you are visiting. Know what information the merchant is collecting about you, how it will be stored, how it will be used, and if it will be shared with others.

What to do if you encounter problems with an online shopping site?

Contact the seller or the site operator directly to resolve any issues.  You may also contact the following:

For additional information about safe online shopping, please visit the following sites:

Sources:

  • Federal Trade Commission: Tips for Consumers

http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2011/11/holidayshopping.shtm

  • Daily Deal Media:  Online Shopping Expected to Rise Nearly 17% this Holiday Season

http://www.dailydealmedia.com/789online-shopping-expected-to-rise-nearly-17-this-holiday-season/

  • PayPal Blog: Protect Yourself from Cyber Crime this Holiday Shopping Season

https://www.thepaypalblog.com/2012/10/protect-yourself-from-cyber-crime-this-holiday-shopping-season/


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September 21, 2012

COMMUNITY CRIME NOTIFICATION: RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY

On Friday afternoon, September 21st, the Hinsdale Police Department has investigated an incident of Residential Burglary which occurred in the 10 blk of E. Third Street.  The incident occurred during the daytime hours on Friday, between 11:30am and 2:30pm.  Forced entry was made into the residence through a rear door. Various pieces of jewelry items were taken from bedrooms within the home.  There is no suspect information available at this time.

If you have information that may assist the police department related to these incidents, or video surveillance footage from a private residential video surveillance system that may aid this investigation, please contact the Investigations Division at (630) 789-7070.

As the investigation in these burglaries continues, the police department is requesting the assistance of the community to continue being vigilant in reporting any suspicious circumstances in your neighborhood.  In particular, residents are reminded to be aware of any person(s) that may appear at their doorstep (or their neighbor’s) wishing to provide a service that had not been requested, asking for someone that does not live there, or is acting like they must be at the wrong address. Residents should acknowledge the presence of persons at their doorstep, but should not open the door unless the person is expected. 

In addition, use deadbolts on doors and residential security systems should be used, if so equipped, when leaving the residence or retiring for the evening.  Residents should also consider the installation and use of video surveillance devices which may not only provide early warning to a homeowner of a person on their property, but likewise be used as an investigative tool in identifying suspects. 

If you observe behavior that is unusual or suspicious, contact the Hinsdale Police Department by calling 9-1-1. It is important to report an accurate description of the person(s) clothing, height, gender, and race.  If you observe a vehicle, note the color, make, style, and/or license plate. 


Burglary Crime Prevention Tips At Home

The Hinsdale Police Department encourages you to follow these crime prevention tips, particularly if you are vacationing away from home:

•         ARM security alarms if they are present within the household.  Residents within the community who have security systems sometimes fail to arm them due to the inconvenience or inexperience in their use.  Arming the security system increases the likelihood of not only prevention, but also the opportunity of apprehension of the burglar. Even if you’re leaving for a short period of time, arm your system if you have it.

•         Make sure your burglar and fire alarms are in working condition. Test them with the alarm company and make sure your alarm company has an updated call list.

•         Consider the installation of a video surveillance system.  Video systems marketed today provide for the ability for users to monitor their homes while away from a smartphone, or even receive text and email alerts where an intruder may be present on the property.  Further, video surveillance system increase the opportunity for investigators to develop investigative leads on a suspect.

•         The #1 prevention tip is to make your house look “LIVED IN” when you’re away. Never let items pile up in the mailbox or on the porch. It sends the message that no one is home or watching the residence.

•         Arrange with a trusted neighbor to pick up your mail, newspapers, and garbage cans. They live in your neighborhood and know what looks suspicious in the area.

•         Make arrangements with trusted friends, neighbors or family to shovel the driveway and maintain the property.

 •        Set automatic timers for interior and exterior lights, radio and TV’s. Turn the ringer down on the phone. A ringing phone alerts others that no one is home.

•         Leave your window shades in a “normal” position, or have your “house-watcher” move the window shade positioning throughout your vacation or your time away from your home. DO NOT CLOSE THE BLINDS.

•         Lock your valuables in a safe deposit box or fire safe. Document all valuables via videotape and place this and important serial numbers in a safe deposit box as well.

•         Notify the police department and request a “VACATION WATCH” if you will be away from your home for an extended period of time.

•         Don’t leave spare keys to the home or vehicle hidden in areas outside or near the home.

•         Lock ALL ladders and other supplies in a shed or garage and make sure your garage (attached or detached) is secured at all times.

•         Lock your CAR DOORS.  Garage door openers in unlocked cars are an instant gateway into your residence regardless of the precautions you take to safeguard the home.  You should consider even taking your garage door openers OUT of your vehicles. Remove important papers and documents with personal information on them. Have vehicles moved on occasion, so as to not be parked in one spot all the time.

•         Secure your windows by “PINNING” them and place a security bar in the track of your sliding glass doors.

•         Leave emergency contact information with the police or a trusted neighbor.

•         If you see a suspicious person or vehicle PLEASE don’t hesitate to notify the police by calling 911.


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August 17, 2012

COMMUNITY CRIME NOTIFICATION: RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY

On Thursday evening, August 16th, the Hinsdale Police Department has investigated an incident of Residential Burglary which occurred in the 400 blk of W. Eighth Street.  The incident occurred between on August 16th during the daytime hours, between approximately 6:00am and 2:00pm.  Forced entry was made into the residence through a front door while the home was unoccupied.  Bedrooms within the residence were ransacked, and various pieces of collector’s coins and jewelry items were taken from the home.  There is no suspect information available at this time.

If you have information that may assist the police department related to these incidents, or video surveillance footage from a private residential video surveillance system that may aid this investigation, please contact the Investigations Division at (630) 789-7070.

As the investigation in this burglary continues, the police department is requesting the assistance of the community to continue being vigilant in reporting any suspicious circumstances in your neighborhood.  In particular, residents are reminded to be aware of any person(s) that may appear at their doorstep (or their neighbor’s) wishing to provide a service that had not been requested, asking for someone that does not live there, or is acting like they must be at the wrong address. Residents should acknowledge the presence of persons at their doorstep, but should not open the door unless the person is expected. 

In addition, use deadbolts on doors and residential security systems should be used, if so equipped, when leaving the residence or retiring for the evening.  Residents should also consider the installation and use of video surveillance devices which may not only provide early warning to a homeowner of a person on their property, but likewise be used as an investigative tool in identifying suspects. 

If you observe behavior that is unusual or suspicious, contact the Hinsdale Police Department by calling 9-1-1. It is important to report an accurate description of the person(s) clothing, height, gender, and race.  If you observe a vehicle, note the color, make, style, and/or license plate. 

The Hinsdale Police Department urges residents through community notification measures to review the following safety tips to prevent becoming a victim:

Burglary Crime Prevention Tips At Home

•         ARM security alarms if they are present within the household.  Residents within the community who have security systems sometimes fail to arm them due to the inconvenience or inexperience in their use.  Arming the security system increases the likelihood of not only prevention, but also the opportunity of apprehension of the burglar. Even if you’re leaving for a short period of time, arm your system if you have it.

•         Make sure your burglar and fire alarms are in working condition. Test them with the alarm company and make sure your alarm company has an updated call list.

•         Consider the installation of a video surveillance system.  Video systems marketed today provide for the ability for users to monitor their homes while away from a smartphone, or even receive text and email alerts where an intruder may be present on the property.  Further, video surveillance system increase the opportunity for investigators to develop investigative leads on a suspect.

•         The #1 prevention tip is to make your house look “LIVED IN” when you’re away. Never let items pile up in the mailbox or on the porch. It sends the message that no one is home or watching the residence.

•         Arrange with a trusted neighbor to pick up your mail, newspapers, and garbage cans. They live in your neighborhood and know what looks suspicious in the area.

•         Make arrangements with trusted friends, neighbors or family to shovel the driveway and maintain the property.

 •        Set automatic timers for interior and exterior lights, radio and TV’s. Turn the ringer down on the phone. A ringing phone alerts others that no one is home.

•         Leave your window shades in a “normal” position, or have your “house-watcher” move the window shade positioning throughout your vacation or your time away from your home. DO NOT CLOSE THE BLINDS.

•         Lock your valuables in a safe deposit box or fire safe. Document all valuables via videotape and place this and important serial numbers in a safe deposit box as well.

•         Notify the police department and request a “VACATION WATCH” if you will be away from your home for an extended period of time.

•         Don’t leave spare keys to the home or vehicle hidden in areas outside or near the home.

•         Lock ALL ladders and other supplies in a shed or garage and make sure your garage (attached or detached) is secured at all times.

•         Lock your CAR DOORS.  Garage door openers in unlocked cars are an instant gateway into your residence regardless of the precautions you take to safeguard the home.  You should consider even taking your garage door openers OUT of your vehicles. Remove important papers and documents with personal information on them. Have vehicles moved on occasion, so as to not be parked in one spot all the time.

•         Secure your windows by “PINNING” them and place a security bar in the track of your sliding glass doors.

•         Leave emergency contact information with the police or a trusted neighbor.

•         If you see a suspicious person or vehicle PLEASE don’t hesitate to notify the police by calling 911.


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August 13, 2012

PROTECT YOURSELF FROM SCAMS

In the past week, the Hinsdale Police Department has received two reports of scams in which residents have received telephone calls informing them they’ve won a prize from the Publisher’s Clearing House.  To claim the reward, the residents have been asked to purchase pre-paid gift cards and instructed to provide the serial numbers by phone to the suspect(s).  The phone numbers provided by the callers can be from anywhere in the world.  The victim finds that the gift card balance is almost immediately depleted, and results in the loss of value paid to purchase the gift card.

As the number of scams and the variety of scams continues to change, there are some common tips that are applicable and should be practiced at all times to protect yourself from becoming a victim:

To avoid most scam attempts, never deal with monetary exchanges to solicitations by phone or online.  

  • Scams can come from anywhere in the US, including US mail, over the phone, E mail, E-bay, Craig’s list, and various other sources online or even door-to-door.
  • Never send money overseas. Law enforcement can often do little to locate the scammers or recover the money once sent.
  • If ever you are to receive an unsolicited check, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DEPOSIT THE CHECK TO THE BANK. The check is likely fictitious. 
  • Deals on the internet that sound “too good to be true” usually are.
  • Never make a payment directly to a salesperson.  Verify the salesperson’s business or organization, and make payment directly to the business or organization. Contact the Better Business Bureau to check on a firm, or check credentials with financial authorities.
  • All investments come with a risk. If the promoter claims that it is a “sure thing” do not buy it.
  • Be wary of phone calls informing you that you have won a prize but need to pay to receive the prize. Scammers now are requesting you to purchase gift cards or pre-paid credit cards and solicit the numbers by phone from the cards. 
  • Scammers will stay current with the media and government. They will call posing as a government officials asking personal information with regards to healthcare. Do not provide personal information to callers unless you’ve verified their identity or organization and purpose.
  • NEVER GIVE OUT FINANCIAL INFORMATION OR PERSONAL INFORMATION

Be aware of current and common methods scammers use to access your cash by researching them. A good resource which includes videos and current information is the AARP:  http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/


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August 8, 2012

SAFETY AND SELF-DEFENSE CLASS FOR
FEMALE HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE STUDENTS

The Hinsdale Police Department is presenting a Safety and Self-Defense class designed for female high school & college students This two and half (2 1/2) hour class will address awareness, alertness, preparation and self –defense techniques that will help in many situations. Students will spend half of the time in the classroom and the other half learning self-defense techniques, practicing them and then being put in a controlled situation where you will use the techniques that you have learned. It teaches female students to be prepared for any and everything, known and unknown to prevent from becoming a victim. This class is targeted to female high school and college students.

 

The class will be held on Thursday August 16, 2012 1:00PM-3:30PM at the Hinsdale Police Department located at 121 Symonds Drive. 

 

Space is limited and you must register in advance.

For those who want to register or would like more information please contact:

Officer Michael Coughlin
Hinsdale Police Department
630-789-7084 desk
Email-mcoughlin@villageofhinsdale


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August 1, 2012

TRESPASS TO RESIDENCE

 

On Wednesday, August 1st, at approximately 10:30am, a resident of the 300 block of W. Hickory returned home to find an unknown person inside of her residence.  The suspect stated to the victim that he was at the wrong address, and then promptly left the residence without incident. 

The suspect was described as a male eastern European approximately 40 years of age, 6’00 in height, medium build, dark eyes, and a shaved head.  He was described as wearing a turquoise colored t-shirt, and denim cargo shorts.  The suspect left the area on a bicycle of unknown type or description. 

As of this time, nothing has been reportedly been taken from within the residence. It is believed the suspect entered through an unlocked entrance to the residence while the victim left the home unoccupied for approximately 30 minutes.  

The police department continues to urge residents to secure their residence while away, and to activate burglar alarm or surveillance devices if so equipped.  Additional tips are provided as an attachment to his notice.

Residents should report observing behavior that is unusual or suspicious by contacting the Hinsdale Police Department by calling 9-1-1 as soon as possible following its occurrence or as it is in-progress.  Anybody who may have additional information regarding this incident should contact the Hinsdale Investigations Division at (630) 789-7080.


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July 9, 2012

Burglary Crime Prevention Tips At Home

The Hinsdale Police Department encourages you to follow these crime prevention tips, particularly if you are vacationing away from home:

•         ARM security alarms if they are present within the household.  Residents within the community who have security systems sometimes fail to arm them due to the inconvenience or inexperience in their use.  Arming the security system increases the likelihood of not only prevention, but also the opportunity of apprehension of the burglar. Even if you’re leaving for a short period of time, arm your system if you have it.

•         Make sure your burglar and fire alarms are in working condition. Test them with the alarm company and make sure your alarm company has an updated call list.

•         Consider the installation of a video surveillance system.  Video systems marketed today provide for the ability for users to monitor their homes while away from a smartphone, or even receive text and email alerts where an intruder may be present on the property.  Further, video surveillance system increase the opportunity for investigators to develop investigative leads on a suspect.

•         The #1 prevention tip is to make your house look “LIVED IN” when you’re away. Never let items pile up in the mailbox or on the porch. It sends the message that no one is home or watching the residence.

•         Arrange with a trusted neighbor to pick up your mail, newspapers, and garbage cans. They live in your neighborhood and know what looks suspicious in the area.

•         Make arrangements with trusted friends, neighbors or family to shovel the driveway and maintain the property.

 •        Set automatic timers for interior and exterior lights, radio and TV’s. Turn the ringer down on the phone. A ringing phone alerts others that no one is home.

•         Leave your window shades in a “normal” position, or have your “house-watcher” move the window shade positioning throughout your vacation or your time away from your home. DO NOT CLOSE THE BLINDS.

•         Lock your valuables in a safe deposit box or fire safe. Document all valuables via videotape and place this and important serial numbers in a safe deposit box as well.

•         Notify the police department and request a “VACATION WATCH” if you will be away from your home for an extended period of time.

•         Don’t leave spare keys to the home or vehicle hidden in areas outside or near the home.

•         Lock ALL ladders and other supplies in a shed or garage and make sure your garage (attached or detached) is secured at all times.

•         Lock your CAR DOORS.  Garage door openers in unlocked cars are an instant gateway into your residence regardless of the precautions you take to safeguard the home.  You should consider even taking your garage door openers OUT of your vehicles. Remove important papers and documents with personal information on them. Have vehicles moved on occasion, so as to not be parked in one spot all the time.

•         Secure your windows by “PINNING” them and place a security bar in the track of your sliding glass doors.

•        DON'T SHARE YOUR PLANS TO BE AWAY ON FACEBOOK!

•         Leave emergency contact information with the police or a trusted neighbor.


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May 2, 2012

SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS AND OUTDOOR WARNING SIRENS

Severe weather such as tornados, lighting, flash floods and damaging winds strike Illinois each spring, summer, and fall. While most tornados occur between April and June, dangerous weather can strike at anytime and with little warning. In the last several years, the western suburbs have experienced significant flooding, power outages, and damage to property with devastating effects. 

In an effort to allow for more effective outdoor warning siren notification, the Village of Hinsdale has adopted the DuPage County Outdoor Warning Siren policy which was recently revised and implemented for the purposes of uniform siren activation criteria in DuPage County communities.  The new policy guidelines provides for specific activation criteria complemented with public education regarding individual action(s) that should be taken when severe weather is imminent.

Dangerous weather conditions are sometimes unpredictable and advance siren activation is not always possible. Do not wait for the outdoor warning systems to sound. When dangerous weather conditions are observed people are encouraged to take shelter immediately and not only monitor local news media weather reports, but rely on NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather radio reports which provide the most current weather information and warnings. 

Outdoor warning sirens will be activated for the following weather criterion:

  • Confirmed sighting of a tornado, tracking toward the community, is reported by a trained weather spotter within the community or surrounding communities.
  • The receipt of a tornado warning, issued by the National Weather Service, including the community.
  • Reports of significant ongoing storm damage (i.e. uprooted trees, structural damage, multiple broken windows, de-roofing(s) secondary to storm-related winds.

When you hear the outdoor warning siren you should immediately seek shelter.  In a home, go to the basement and get under the stairwell or under heavy furniture. If there is no basement, go to an interior closet, hall or bathroom on the lowest floor and stay away from windows. In schools, hospital, churches and office buildings, go to small interior rooms or interior halls on the lowest floor.

Stay away from windows and large areas with free span roofs such as gymnasiums and cafeterias. If in a vehicle, seek a nearby reinforced building. If there is no building or shelter, lie flat in a ditch as a last resort. Do not seek shelter under an overpass.  Tune into local news media or NOAA weather radio for the status of severe weather in the immediate area. During these times, only call 911 in the event of a life threatening emergency.

If you are outside during threatening weather conditions or if you hear the outdoor warning sirens activate, The Memorial Building, Hinsdale Hospital, Library, Police and Fire Department buildings are all designated public shelters during severe weather emergencies.

Remember, severe weather can strike at any time day or night.  The outdoor warning sirens are designed to only be heard while outdoors.  Residents are encouraged to have an NAOO weather alerting radio (with a battery back-up) capable of activating an alerting tone when dangerous weather conditions approach.  Information on NOAA radios, including where to buy one, can be found at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/

Residents may also sign-up for mobile weather-related notifications using the Village of Hinsdale Community notification tool, which can be found online from the Police Department website: http://www.villageofhinsdale.org/pd/

To educate the public on the outdoor warning siren procedures and to help residents prepare for severe weather emergencies, the Hinsdale Fire and Police Departments will be conducting a one hour seminar on Surviving Severe Weather Emergencies at the Hinsdale Community House in May and June.

For more information about the seminar or to sign up, contact the Community House at 630-789-7500. For more information regarding the Village Outdoor Warning Siren Policy, contact the Hinsdale Fire Department at 630-789-7060, the Hinsdale Police Department 630-789-7070, or visit the Village of Hinsdale website: www.villageofhinsdale.org


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April 5, 2012

Small Animal Protection from Large Birds

The Village of Hinsdale Police Department regularly receives inquiries from the general public about coyotes and their presence within the community.  Resources have been made available online regarding the presences of coyotes in Hinsdale, as well as proactive measures that can be taken to protect small animals.

In the past month, there have been two independent reports of large birds (described as appearing similar to a “hawk”) that have attacked small dogs within or near the Village limits.  In one such case, the large bird caused substantial injury to a small dog that resulted in extensive medical treatment. Both dogs that were attacked were less than 20lbs in size.

As the police department continues to learn more about these reports, we wish to inform residents with small animals that they should be aware of these incidents and the possible threats that large birds may poise to small animals. Although the nationwide incidence of hawk attacks is low, it is certain to have resulted in at least two incidents within the community.

The following information provided is available through public internet sources, as well as practice(s) encouraged by the Willowbrook Wildlife Center for protecting small animals from wildlife. 

If you believe any animal appears to be an immediate threat or danger to yourself or others, contact the Hinsdale Police Department by calling 9-1-1.

Suggestions from the Willowbrook Wildlife Center on Protecting Pets:

  • Keep small pets (cats, rabbits, small dogs) indoors. Don’t allow them to run free at any time. They are easy prey.
  • Keep an umbrella or coat available to make yourself appear larger if needed to scare away other animals.
  • Use a short leash when walking your pet.
  • DO NOT leave domestic pet food outside. All wildlife will soon depend on it.
  • Fences do not guarantee your pet's safety, particularly from above.
  • Always attend to small pets outdoors.

Hawks and Pets


Q: I have a small, five pound dog that likes to run around our backyard. Should I be worried that a hawk could pick him up and take him away?

A: Whether or not your dog is in danger depends on the dog's breed and size - some breeds are as small as large rabbits, and hawks definitely go for those. If the dog is very small - under 20 pounds - it is possible for large raptors to attack it. Such an attack is much less likely if there are two or three dogs than just one.  A kennel with a wire roof can also protect small dogs.  It is prudent to protect small dogs like this, anyway, since hawks aren't the only danger they face. Others include bigger dogs; some outdoor cats; foxes, coyotes, and bears; venomous snakes; and in some cases other people. 

SOURCE: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Photo of a "Red-Tailed" Hawk which is common to the area


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April 3, 2012

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCE

A resident in the 10 blk of Bonnie Brae reported that on early Sunday morning at approximately 2:30am, the resident was awoken to the household dog barking.  Upon checking the main floor of the home, the resident discovered that a lamp and picture frame had been knocked over.  The resident also observed that a nearby window to the residence was left unlocked, but was closed at the time.  The police were notified at approximately 9:15pm the following evening and responded to investigate.

Officers met with the resident and did not discover any signs of attempted or forced entry to the home.  Further, nothing else in the home appeared disturbed or missing. 

If you observe behavior that is unusual or suspicious, contact the Hinsdale Police Department by calling 9-1-1 as soon as possible following its occurrence. 


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March 30, 2012

CRIME NOTIFICATION UPDATE

Investigators are currently following up on some leads related to the residential burglary investigation announced yesterday. 

If you may have seen the vehicle pictured below in the immediate vicinity on or about March 21st – March 23rd, please contact the Investigations Division at (630) 789-7080 or by email: mwodka@villageofhinsdale.org


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March 29, 2012

CRIME NOTIFICATION: RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY

On Wednesday evening, March 28th, the Hinsdale Police Department has investigated an incident of Residential Burglary which occurred in the 200 blk of S. Monroe Street.  The incident occurred between March 21st and March 28th, and forced entry was made into the residence through a window to the home while the home was unoccupied.  Various pieces of jewelry items were taken from bedrooms within the home.  There is no suspect information available at this time.

If you have information that may assist the police department related to these incidents, or video surveillance footage from a private residential video surveillance system that may aid this investigation, please contact the Investigations Division at (630) 789-7070.

As the investigation in these burglaries continues, the police department is requesting the assistance of the community to continue being vigilant in reporting any suspicious circumstances in your neighborhood.  In particular, residents are reminded to be aware of any person(s) that may appear at their doorstep (or their neighbor’s) wishing to provide a service that had not been requested, asking for someone that does not live there, or is acting like they must be at the wrong address. Residents should acknowledge the presence of persons at their doorstep, but should not open the door unless the person is expected. 

In addition, use deadbolts on doors and residential security systems should be used, if so equipped, when leaving the residence or retiring for the evening.  Residents should also consider the installation and use of video surveillance devices which may not only provide early warning to a homeowner of a person on their property, but likewise be used as an investigative tool in identifying suspects. 

If you observe behavior that is unusual or suspicious, contact the Hinsdale Police Department by calling 9-1-1. It is important to report an accurate description of the person(s) clothing, height, gender, and race.  If you observe a vehicle, note the color, make, style, and/or license plate. 

Although the rate of Residential Burglary has declined in Hinsdale since 2010, there continues to be a great community interest in this crime.   The Hinsdale Police Departmeant is continuing to urge residents through community notification measures to review the following safety tips to prevent becoming a victim:


Burglary Crime Prevention Tips At Home

The Hinsdale Police Department encourages you to follow these crime prevention tips, particularly if you are vacationing away from home:

•         ARM security alarms if they are present within the household.  Residents within the community who have security systems sometimes fail to arm them due to the inconvenience or inexperience in their use.  Arming the security system increases the likelihood of not only prevention, but also the opportunity of apprehension of the burglar. Even if you’re leaving for a short period of time, arm your system if you have it.

•         Make sure your burglar and fire alarms are in working condition. Test them with the alarm company and make sure your alarm company has an updated call list.

•         Consider the installation of a video surveillance system.  Video systems marketed today provide for the ability for users to monitor their homes while away from a smartphone, or even receive text and email alerts where an intruder may be present on the property.  Further, video surveillance system increase the opportunity for investigators to develop investigative leads on a suspect.

•         The #1 prevention tip is to make your house look “LIVED IN” when you’re away. Never let items pile up in the mailbox or on the porch. It sends the message that no one is home or watching the residence.

•         Arrange with a trusted neighbor to pick up your mail, newspapers, and garbage cans. They live in your neighborhood and know what looks suspicious in the area.

•         Make arrangements with trusted friends, neighbors or family to shovel the driveway and maintain the property.

 •        Set automatic timers for interior and exterior lights, radio and TV’s. Turn the ringer down on the phone. A ringing phone alerts others that no one is home.

•         Leave your window shades in a “normal” position, or have your “house-watcher” move the window shade positioning throughout your vacation or your time away from your home. DO NOT CLOSE THE BLINDS.

•         Lock your valuables in a safe deposit box or fire safe. Document all valuables via videotape and place this and important serial numbers in a safe deposit box as well.

•         Notify the police department and request a “VACATION WATCH” if you will be away from your home for an extended period of time.

•         Don’t leave spare keys to the home or vehicle hidden in areas outside or near the home.

•         Lock ALL ladders and other supplies in a shed or garage and make sure your garage (attached or detached) is secured at all times.

•         Lock your CAR DOORS.  Garage door openers in unlocked cars are an instant gateway into your residence regardless of the precautions you take to safeguard the home.  You should consider even taking your garage door openers OUT of your vehicles. Remove important papers and documents with personal information on them. Have vehicles moved on occasion, so as to not be parked in one spot all the time.

•         Secure your windows by “PINNING” them and place a security bar in the track of your sliding glass doors.

•         Leave emergency contact information with the police or a trusted neighbor.

•         If you see a suspicious person or vehicle PLEASE don’t hesitate to notify the police by calling 911.


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January 30, 2012

REPORT OF ATTEMPTED RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY

Hinsdale Police received a report from a resident in the 300 blk of Springlake that between 1/25/12 7:00pm and 1/26/12 7:00pm, an attempt was made to enter their home while it was unoccupied. The resident found that the front door was damaged in a way that appeared unknown persons may have attempted to force entry into the home. There is no indication at this time to indicate that anybody had gained entry into the residence.

This notification is being disseminated as a reminder to continue to report behavior that is unusual or suspicious, contact the Hinsdale Police Department by calling 9-1-1. It is important to report an accurate description of the person(s) clothing, height, gender, and race. If you observe a vehicle, note the color, make, style, and/or license plate.

COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION FROM BURR RIDGE POLICE AND SCHOOL DISTRICT 181

Early this afternoon, a community notification email was issued by School District 181 and the Burr Ridge Police Department (see below). As of this time, the Burr Ridge Police Department has identified a suspect and the investigation is on-going.

In the interim, this message is being relayed to Hinsdale community members that may not have received this notification via School District 181:

"To District 181 Staff, Parents and Guardians:

The Burr Ridge Police Department is investigating a report that an older white male offered two Gower School District 62 students a ride after they got off the bus Friday at 2:40 p.m. at 79th Street and Drew and began to walk to home. The male was in a white work truck with a ladder on the top. The children ignored the driver, walked directly home, and reported the incident to their parents, who called the police department.

The driver of the truck was further described as having white beard and smoking a cigarette. The Burr Ridge Police Department is investigating this incident and has increased area patrols.

We are sharing this information with all District 181 families and ask that you:
• Contact the Burr Ridge Police Department if you have any information that may be helpful to its investigation; and
• Talk with your children about how to respond should a stranger talk to them, approach them, or offer a ride.

The safety of our children is a priority. We appreciate your assistance with this request.

Dr. Renée Schuster, District 181 Superintendent"

- Sent January 30, 2012 at 1:22pm

 

 

January 10, 2012

On Saturday evening, January 7th, the Hinsdale Police Department has investigated an incident of Residential Burglary which occurred in the 300 blk of S. Washington Street.  The incident occurred between the hours of 3:00pm-11:00pm, and forced entry was made into the residence through a front entrance door while the home was unoccupied.  Various jewelry items were taken from bedrooms within the home.  There is no suspect information available at this time.

As the investigation in these burglaries continues, the police department is requesting the assistance of the community to continue being vigilant in reporting any suspicious circumstances in your neighborhood.    In particular, residents are reminded to be aware of any person(s) that may appear at their doorstep (or their neighbor’s) wishing to provide a service that had not been requested, asking for someone that does not live there, or is acting like they must be at the wrong address. Residents should acknowledge the presence of persons at their doorstep, but should not open the door unless the person is expected. 

In addition, deadbolts should be secured on doors, and residential security systems should be used, if so equipped, when leaving the residence or retiring for the evening.  Residents should also consider the installation and use of video surveillance devices which may not only provide early warning to a homeowner of a person on their property, but likewise be used as an investigative tool in identifying suspects. 

If you observe behavior that is unusual or suspicious, contact the Hinsdale Police Department by calling 9-1-1. It is important to report an accurate description of the person(s) clothing, height, gender, and race.  If you observe a vehicle, note the color, make, style, and/or license plate. 

If you have information that may assist the police department related to this incident, or video surveillance footage from a private residential video surveillance system that may aid this investigation, please contact the Investigations Division at (630) 789-7070.

Although the rate of Residential Burglary has declined 42% since 2009 (there have been 14 reported incidents in 2011 in Hinsdale), there continues to be a great community interest in this crime.   The Hinsdale Police Department is continuing to urge residents through community notification measures to review the following safety tips to prevent becoming a victim:

Burglary Crime Prevention Tips At Home

The Hinsdale Police Department encourages you to follow these crime prevention tips, particularly if you are vacationing away from home:

•         ARM security alarms if they are present within the household.  Residents within the community who have security systems sometimes fail to arm them due to the inconvenience or inexperience in their use.  Arming the security system increases the likelihood of not only prevention, but also the opportunity of apprehension of the burglar. Even if you’re leaving for a short period of time, arm your system if you have it.

•         Make sure your burglar and fire alarms are in working condition. Test them with the alarm company and make sure your alarm company has an updated call list.

•         Consider the installation of a video surveillance system.  Video systems marketed today provide for the ability for users to monitor their homes while away from a smartphone, or even receive text and email alerts where an intruder may be present on the property.  Further, video surveillance system increase the opportunity for investigators to develop investigative leads on a suspect.

•         The #1 prevention tip is to make your house look “LIVED IN” when you’re away. Never let items pile up in the mailbox or on the porch. It sends the message that no one is home or watching the residence.

•         Arrange with a trusted neighbor to pick up your mail, newspapers, and garbage cans. They live in your neighborhood and know what looks suspicious in the area.

•         Make arrangements with trusted friends, neighbors or family to shovel the driveway and maintain the property.

 •        Set automatic timers for interior and exterior lights, radio and TV’s. Turn the ringer down on the phone. A ringing phone alerts others that no one is home.

•         Leave your window shades in a “normal” position, or have your “house-watcher” move the window shade positioning throughout your vacation or your time away from your home. DO NOT CLOSE THE BLINDS.

•         Lock your valuables in a safe deposit box or fire safe. Document all valuables via videotape and place this and important serial numbers in a safe deposit box as well.

•         Notify the police department and request a “VACATION WATCH” if you will be away from your home for an extended period of time.

•         Don’t leave spare keys to the home or vehicle hidden in areas outside or near the home.

•         Lock ALL ladders and other supplies in a shed or garage and make sure your garage (attached or detached) is secured at all times.

•         Lock your CAR DOORS.  Garage door openers in unlocked cars are an instant gateway into your residence regardless of the precautions you take to safeguard the home.  You should consider even taking your garage door openers OUT of your vehicles. Remove important papers and documents with personal information on them. Have vehicles moved on occasion, so as to not be parked in one spot all the time.

•         Secure your windows by “PINNING” them and place a security bar in the track of your sliding glass doors.

•         Leave emergency contact information with the police or a trusted neighbor.

•         If you see a suspicious person or vehicle PLEASE don’t hesitate to notify the police by calling 911.

 

December 22, 2011

Hinsdale Police Resumes Late-Night
Enforcement Crackdown
Steps up late-night impaired driving enforcement

Between December 19th and January 1st, the Hinsdale Police Department is announcing late-night plans for the Christmas and New Year’s Holiday(s), focusing on the most deadly time of day for motor vehicle fatalities. The intensified enforcement effort against the overwhelming number of late-night impaired drivers underscores the disproportionate number of traffic deaths occurring during late-night hours. 

According to data from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the midnight to 3:00 am timeframe is the deadliest time on Illinois roads.  Not coincidentally, the data also shows this time of day has the highest percentage of alcohol involvement and the lowest occupant restraint use.

The Hinsdale Police Department recommends designating a sober driver and not letting friends and family drive impaired as just two of several simple steps to avoid a tragic crash or an arrest for impaired driving.  Other important tips include:

  • Plan ahead.  Designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys.
  • If you are impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
  • Promptly report impaired drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement;
  • Wear your safety belt. It is your best defense against an impaired driver.

The law enforcement crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds through IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety and it runs concurrently with a media campaign that will remind motorists, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”  For more information, visit www.drivesoberillinois.org.

 

December 21, 2011

2ND SELF-DEFENSE CLASS SCHEDULED

 

The Hinsdale Police Department is scheduling a second Safety and Self-Defense class designed for female high school & college students This two and half (2 1/2) hour class will address awareness, alertness, preparation and self –defense techniques that will help in many situations. This class is targeted to female high school students and/or female college students.

 

The class will be held on Thursday December 29, 2011 9:00AM-11:30AM at the Hinsdale Police Department  121 Symonds Drive.  

For those who want to register or would like more information please contact:

Officer Michael Coughlin
Hinsdale Police Department
630-789-7084 desk
Email-mcoughlin@villageofhinsdale


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December 10, 2011

 

** RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES REPORTED 12/9/2011 **

 

On Friday evening, the Hinsdale Police Department has investigated two incidents of residential burglary to unoccupied homes.  

 

The first incident occurred in the 600 blk of Woodland between the hours of 4:00pm-6:45pm.  The second incident occurred in the 600 blk S. Washington between the hours of 4:00pm-10:09pm.  Forced entry was made into both of the homes through a rear doorway, and jewelry was taken from bedrooms within the home.  The homes had been unoccupied at the time of occurrence.  There is no suspect information available at this time, and police have not yet determined whether the two incidents are believed to be related.

 

As the investigation in these burglaries continues, the police department is requesting the assistance of the community to continue being vigilant in reporting any suspicious circumstances in your neighborhood.    In particular, residents are reminded to be aware of any person(s) that may appear at their doorstep (or their neighbor’s) wishing to provide a service that had not been requested, asking for someone that does not live there, or is acting like they must be at the wrong address.

 

In addition, use deadbolts on doors and residential security systems should be used, if so equipped, when leaving the residence or retiring for the evening

 

If you observe behavior that is unusual or suspicious, contact the Hinsdale Police Department by calling 9-1-1. It is important to report an accurate description of the person(s) clothing, height, gender, and race.  If you observe a vehicle, note the color, make, style, and/or license plate. 

 

If you have information that may assist the police department related to these incidents, please contact the Investigations Division at (630) 789-7070.

 

 

Holiday Crime Prevention Tips At Home

 

The Hinsdale Police Department encourages you to follow these crime prevention tips during the Holiday season, especially if you are vacationing away from home:

 

         The #1 prevention tip is to make your house look “LIVED IN” when you’re away. Never let items pile up in the mailbox or on the porch. It sends the message that no one is home or watching the residence.

 

         Arrange with a trusted neighbor to pick up your mail, newspapers, and garbage cans. They live in your neighborhood and know what looks suspicious in the area.

 

         Make arrangements with trusted friends, neighbors or family to shovel the driveway and maintain the property.

 

         Set automatic timers for interior and exterior lights, radio and TV’s. Turn the ringer down on the phone. A ringing phone alerts others that no one is home.

 

         Leave your window shades in a “normal” position, or have your “house-watcher” move the window shade positioning throughout your vacation or your time away from your home. DO NOT CLOSE THE BLINDS.

 

         Lock your valuables in a safe deposit box or fire safe. Document all valuables via videotape and place this and important serial numbers in a safe deposit box as well.

 

         Notify the police department and request a “VACATION WATCH” if you will be away from your home for an extended period of time.

 

         Lock ALL ladders and other supplies in a shed or garage and make sure your garage (attached or detached) is secured at all times.

 

         Lock your CAR DOORS.  Garage door openers in unlocked cars are an instant gateway into your residence.  You should consider even taking your garage door openers OUT of your vehicles. Remove important papers and documents with personal information on them. Have vehicles moved on occasion, so as to not be parked in one spot all the time.

 

         Make sure your burglar and fire alarms are in working condition. Test them with the alarm company and make sure your alarm company has an updated call list.

 

         Secure your windows by “PINNING” them and place a security bar in the track of your sliding glass doors.

 

         Leave emergency contact information with the police or a trusted neighbor.

 

         If you see a suspicious person or vehicle PLEASE don’t hesitate to notify the police by calling 911.


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December 5, 2011

 

SAFETY AND SELF-DEFENSE CLASS FOR

FEMALE HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE STUDENTS

 

The Hinsdale Police Department is presenting a Safety and Self-Defense class designed for female high school students. This 2 hour class will address awareness, alertness, preparation and self –defense techniques that will help in many situations. This class is targeted to female high school students and/or female college students.

 

The class will be held on Wednesday December 28, 2011 9:00am-11:30am at the Hinsdale Police Department 121 Symonds Drive.

 

 

For those who want to register or would like more information please contact:

 

Officer Michael Coughlin

Hinsdale Police Department

630-789-7084 desk

Email-mcoughlin@villageofhinsdale


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December 1, 2011

HINSDALE POLICE HOST "ALIVE AT 25" DEFENSIVE DRIVING CLASS

The Hinsdale Police Department is presenting “Alive at 25”, which is a defensive driving course class, on Tuesday December 20, 2011 at The Community House.  

 

This course has historically received outstanding reviews and is geared towards soon-to-be drivers, newly licensed drivers, as well as drivers looking to gain valuable tips. The class is targeted at students between the ages of 15-21, and taught by local police officers dedicated to improving decision making by identifying behaviors which can lead to traffic crashes.

 

The course includes videos, group work, and a facilitated discussion. The curriculum is broken up into four sections and really gets participants engaged and involved. They are also taught, as a driver or passenger, they can greatly reduce their risk by taking control of their behavior.

 

The class is free, students will need to bring a lunch and beverages will be provided.

Tuesday December 20, 2011

9:00am - 2:00pm

The Community House

415 W. Eighth St. Hinsdale   


 
For those who want to register or would like more information please contact:
 
Michael Coughlin                                                 
Hinsdale Police Department                                
630-789-7084 Desk                                              
mcoughlin@villageofhinsdale.org


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November 29, 2011

 

HINSDALE POLICE TO CONDUCT RAILROAD ENFORCEMENT INITIATIVE

 

In the Spring of 2011, the Hinsdale Police Department was awarded grant funding for the "Public Education and Enforcement Research Study" (PEERS), sponsored by the Illinois Commerce Commission. The PEERS initiative is a project targeted for local railroad safety education and enforcement programs. 

 

The Illinois Commerce Commission has identified the following goals of this program:

 

         Promote railroad safety through implementation of well-defined and targeted education and enforcement programs

         Reduce the number of train-vehicle collisions that occur in Illinois, as well as incidences of trespassing upon railroad property.

 

Each year in Illinois, 50 to 60 people are killed and another 70 to 100 are injured in highway-rail grade crossing collisions, or while trespassing on railroad property.  In the Village of Hinsdale, there are currently five (5) grade crossings that present a conflict potential between a train and a pedestrian or motorist. Three of these busy crossings are within a block of each other, the busiest being the Garfield crossing with an average daily traffic count of 15,000 vehicles. 

 

Deputy Chief Mark Wodka states that pedestrian violations are regularly observed at the Hinsdale commuter stations.   The warning bells and red lights mean STOP, but often times the warning bells prompt a commuter to RUN.   Although many pedestrians are aware that their actions are unlawful, they are shocked when they are greeted with a $250 citation by a police officer.  Like motorists, pedestrians gamble at the tracks to save time, and the consequences of gambling with trains are deadly.  “Trains run on tracks, tracks that don’t move. When you obey rail signals, the train won’t hit you.”

 

During the month of December, the Hinsdale Police will be using grant funding to conduct strict enforcement of both vehicular and pedestrian railroad signal violations.  Officers will be assigned to the Village of Hinsdale grade crossings to conduct zero tolerance enforcement in support of this initiative.

 

In Illinois, no pedestrian shall enter, remain upon, or traverse over a railroad grade crossing or pedestrian walkway crossing a railroad track when an audible bell or clearly visible electric or mechanical signal device is operational giving warning of the presence, approach, passage, or departure of a railroad train.  When operating a vehicle, no person shall drive any vehicle through, around or under any crossing gate or barrier at a railroad crossing while such gate or barrier is closed or being opened or closed.  Violating either of these laws will result in a mandatory court appearance and $250 fine for the first offense.

 

Safe and lawful conduct around railroad crossings is contagious.  Set the example for other commuters and motorists, because if you don’t you may pay.  Remember that trains always win – don’t violate warning signals! LOOK, LISTEN, LIVE!

 

COMMON CROSSING COLLISION CAUSES

 

 The person sees the train coming, but misjudges speed and distance.

 The person races the train to the crossing, and is either struck by the train, or runs into the side of it.

 As the train clears the crossing, the person immediately starts across the tracks without looking for other trains, and either strikes or is struck by a train running on an adjacent track.

 A person becomes “too familiar” with a crossing and uses no caution when approaching the crossing.

 A person is incapable of making a clear decision due to alcohol.


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November 4, 2011

 

CRIME ALERT: RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES

 

In the past week, the Hinsdale Police Department has investigated two incidents of burglaries to homes.  On November 1st, jewelry was taken from a residence in the 10 blk of N. Monroe Street.  On November 4th, electronics were taken from a residence in the 600 blk of E. First Street.  Both incidents have occurred while the home(s) were unoccupied, and forced entry was used to entry doors of both incidents.  The incidents have also occurred during the daytime hours.

 

As the investigation in these burglaries continues, the police department is requesting the assistance of the community to be vigilant in reporting any suspicious circumstances in your neighborhood.    In particular, residents are reminded to be aware of any person(s) that may appear at their doorstep (or their neighbor’s) wishing to provide a service that had not been requested, asking for someone that does not live there, or is acting like they must be at the wrong address.

 

In addition residential security systems should be used, if so equipped, when leaving the residence or retiring for the evening.

 

If you observe behavior that is unusual or suspicious, contact the Hinsdale Police Department by calling 9-1-1. It is important to report an accurate description of the person(s) clothing, height, gender, and race.  If you observe a vehicle, note the color, make, style, and/or license plate. 

 

If you have information that may assist the police department in this investigation, please contact the Investigations Division at (630) 789-7070.


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November 2, 2011

 

MISSING TEEN FOUND 

 

On Tuesday, November 1st at approximately 6:30pm, a missing runaway teen from the 800 blk of S. Jackson in Hinsdale was taken into custody by the Hinsdale Police Department.  The 15-year-old runaway, Renee Zubko, had been missing since October 11th and was reportedly seen in the 10 blk of Burlington Avenue in Westmont on that date. 

 

Zubko was taken into protective custody following additional investigative information that she was observed being at the apartment Tuesday evening.   The juvenile was later released to the custody of her mother, unharmed. 

 

The investigation into this matter continues and charges are being sought for person(s) that have provided false information to the police in an effort to conceal her, as well as person(s) who have contributed to her delinquency by providing shelter to a minor runaway.  In Illinois, this offense is a class A misdemeanor. 

 

HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS

 

 

The Village of Hinsdale DOES NOT set trick or treat hours, but is recommending that children complete their trick or treating before dusk.

HAVE A SAFE HALLOWEEN!!

 

The Village of Hinsdale wishes everyone a safe and happy Halloween and suggests the following guidelines.

 

         Walk, slither and sneak on sidewalks, not in the street and cross the street only at corners.

         Look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars and low flying brooms.

         If possible, use face paint instead of a mask that may cover your eyes.

         For your safety, we recommend that children should go out during daylight hours only.

         If children are allowed out after dark, outfits should be made of light colored or reflective type clothing so they are more visible.  Carry a flashlight to light your way.

         Small children should never be allowed to Trick or Treat alone.  Make sure an adult or older sibling is with them at all times.

         Children should only stop at familiar houses in their own neighborhood unless they are accompanied by an adult.

         Instruct your child never to go into the home of a stranger or get in their car.

         Keep costumed children away from pets.  The pet may not recognize the child and become frightened.

         DO NOT ALLOW your children to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by you.

         Wash all fruits and cut them into small pieces before eating.

         Examine candy closely and discard unpackaged and opened candies.  When in doubt, throw it out.

         Do not feed candy to wild animals!

         If your children do go out without adult supervision, agree on specific times they must check-in and return home.


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October 17, 2011 PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK

 

The Hinsdale Police Department is participating with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on third nationwide Prescription Drug Take- Back Day.

 

On Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 10:00am-2:00pm, the Hinsdale Police Department will be collecting expired, unused, unwanted prescription drugs and over the counter drugs for destruction.

 

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Many people do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away- both potential safety and health hazards.

 

The prescription drug take back program is free and will be anonymous for all who participate.

 

  • Participants may dispose of medication in its original container but should remove any identifying information from the prescription label or by removing the medication from its original container and disposing of it directly in the disposal box.
  • The Hinsdale Police Department will not accept liquid products, intra-venous solutions and syringes.

 

For more information on this free program, please contact Officer Michael Coughlin at 630-789-7084 or mcoughlin@villageofhinsdale.org.


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October 12, 2011 (Second Notice)

COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION: RUSE ENTRY BURGLARY

On October 6th at approximately 1:00pm, a ruse entry burglary occurred in the 600 blk of Chanticleer. The 73-year-old female victim reported that a male Hispanic came to her door and advised he was working on a flooding problem in the area. Male suspect entered the residence with the victim and asked her to run her faucets. She lost sight of the suspect within the home, and he then was last seen walking away from the residence. The male suspect left the residence and a short time later the victim discovered that 2 pieces of jewelry (valued at approx. $2,000) were missing from a jewelry box in her home.

Below is a sketch prepared with the assistance of the victim.  The suspect is a male Hispanic approximately 25 years of age, small build, wearing tan work pants and a white T-shirt. He was described as being approximately 5'4" in height, and 130 lbs in weight.



As the investigation in this burglary continues, the police department is requesting the assistance of the community to continue being vigilant in the awareness of these types of incidents and to report suspicious circumstances. In particular, residents are reminded to be aware of any person(s) that may appear at their doorstep (or their neighbor’s) wishing to provide a service that had not been requested, asking for someone that does not live there, or is acting like they must be at the wrong address.

The department reminds residents not to allow strangers access into their yard, home or garage. Ruse burglaries are a favorite method of operation for residential burglary. These types of ruse burglaries are often referred to as gypsy scams. In previous instances suspects have posed as utility workers and attempt to create a diversion that allows an accomplice to enter a home during the diversion and commit a burglary.

In addition residential security systems should be used, if so equipped, when leaving the residence or retiring for the evening.

If you observe behavior that is unusual or suspicious, contact the Hinsdale Police Department by calling 9-1-1. It is important to report an accurate description of the person(s) clothing, height, gender, and race. If you observe a vehicle, note the color, make, style, and/or license plate.

If you have information that may assist the police department in this investigation, please contact the Investigations Division at (630) 789-7070.


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October 12, 2011

The Hinsdale Police Department is participating with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on the third nationwide Prescription Drug Take- Back Day.

 

On Saturday, October 28, 2011 from 10:00am-2:00pm, the Hinsdale Police Department will be collecting expired, unused, unwanted prescription drugs and over the counter drugs for destruction.

 

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Many people do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away- both potential safety and health hazards.

 

The prescription drug take back program is free and will be anonymous for all who participate.

 

  • Participants may dispose of medication in its original container but should remove any identifying information from the prescription label or by removing the medication from its original container and disposing of it directly in the disposal box.
  • The Hinsdale Police Department will not accept liquid products, intra-venous solutions and syringes.

For more information on this free program, please contact Officer Michael Coughlin at 630-789-7084 or mcoughlin@villageofhinsdale.org.


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September 23, 2011

 

COMMUNITY INFORMATIONAL NOTICE: COYOTE PRECAUTIONS

 

There has been growing community concern about the presence of coyotes in Hinsdale, particularly the reporting of a  coyote that has been frequenting areas on the south side of the tracks. A coyote has been observed to be resting in areas of open land, including public parks.  Officers have responded to calls and continue to use “hazing” measures to cause the coyote to re-locate.  Experts have advised that hazing measures are proven to keep coyotes from habituating in an area where they can find comfortable refuge.

 

In response to the increasing reports, the police department is requesting community assistance in educating others about these hazing techniques, and to encourage resident support in these techniques to cause the coyotes to re-locate sooner than later.  It is recommended that residents who see coyotes make loud noises using air horns, vehicle horns, or whistles to scare them away.  The police department is soliciting the community to support its objectives in forcing the coyotes to re-locate through hazing.  This technique is at the direction of wildlife experts who have provided similar recommendations to regional municipalities experiencing the presence of coyotes. 

 

Please review the additional notice below for additional information regarding coyotes, and share this information to other members of the community.

 

LIVING SAFELY WITH COYOTES IN HINSDALE

 

During the fall season, the Hinsdale Police Department as well as Public Services Department receives inquiries from concerned citizens regarding the presence of fox, coyotes, deer, and even turkeys.  These animals are a part of the natural habitat, and absent extenuating circumstances, there is little intervention that can lawfully be taken by a member of the police or Village of Hinsdale Public Services. 

 

Residents wishing to learn more about these animals and their presence within the community should contact the Willowbrook Wildlife Center at (630) 942-6200.  You can also obtain additional information on the internet: www.willowbrookwildlife.com.

The following information are suggested guidelines by the Willowbrook Wildlife Center:

How to Deter Coyotes

While coyotes are valuable in decreasing the rodent population, their presence in populated areas can be minimized by removing things that attract them to places they are not wanted. Coyotes can become a nuisance when they have easy access to food in residential areas, such as pet food or garbage. 

Do not encourage coyotes or foxes by feeding them!

  • Keep pet food and watering dishes inside, especially at night.
  • Do not allow spillage to accumulate outside bird feeders.
  • Keep grills and barbecues clean. Even the smallest food scraps may attract coyotes or foxes.
  • Do not keep garbage cans outside if possible.
  • Use welded wire to exclude animals from underneath decks.
  • Keep cats indoors.
  • Keep small dogs and cats on leashes and stay with your pets while outside, especially during the evening and early morning.
  • Coyotes are creatures of habit. If you encounter a coyote the same place and same time while walking your pet, you may want to change your path or time of your walk.

Coyote "Hazing"

Equally important is helping teach coyotes where they are not welcome through a process called hazing. This is the term used for actions such as making loud noises toward coyotes to change the behaviors of habituated coyotes and reestablish their natural fear of humans. If you encounter a coyote in a place where they are not welcome, practice these techniques to send the message to the coyote that you are dominant and the coyote must leave.

Techniques include: 

  • Make eye contact and yell at the coyote(s)
  • Wave your arms and make yourself appear as large as possible
  • Use a noisemaker or a whistle
  • Throw objects toward the coyote
  • Stomp your feet
  • Clap your hands
  • Run toward the coyote to scare it off
  • Act threatening
  • Spray a hose toward the coyote(s)

Hazing does not include weapons and does not physically harm coyotes. Be persistent and keep hazing until the coyote leaves. Because they may have become accustomed to humans, coyotes may not immediately leave, but following through is important for hazing to be effective. Wildlife experts do not recommend hazing if a coyote is injured, sick or has become cornered; in these situations, coyotes may act unexpectedly.

Coyotes are very intelligent animals and will soon learn to avoid these places where they feel uncomfortable.

 What Not To Do

  • Please remember that it is illegal to keep wild animals even for a very short time and that they have specialized nutritional, housing, and handling needs that you are unlikely to be able to provide. Inexperienced individuals who attempt to raise/treat them inevitably produce an unhealthy, tame animal that cannot survive in its natural habitat
  • Trapping and removing is illegal without the proper permits and is not always the solution to the problem. Removing the animal creates an open space for another animal. Trapped adults may be leaving young behind to die of starvation in an inaccessible area. Focus on removing the attraction, not the animal.
  • Never move young from the den. Contact Willowbrook Wildlife Center for advice at (630) 942-6200.
  • Do not use poisons. They are inhumane and may be illegal. They can result in secondary poisoning of raptors, wild scavengers and neighborhood pets.

How to Protect Pets

  • Keep small pets (cats, rabbits, small dogs) indoors. Don’t allow them to run free at any time. They are easy prey.
  • Use a short leash when walking your pet. Never let a coyote get between you and your pet.
  • Dogs should be brought inside after dark and never allowed to run loose. This is especially important during mating season, which is February through April.
  • DO NOT leave domestic pet food outside. Wildlife will soon depend on it.
  • Fences do not guarantee your pet's safety. Always attend to small pets outdoors.

If you believe any animal appears to be an immediate threat or danger to yourself or others, contact the Hinsdale Police Department by calling 9-1-1.


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August 3, 2011

On July 30th, 2011, the Hinsdale Police was re-accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

In April of 2011, an assessment team from CALEA spent four days at the Hinsdale Police Department reviewing the agency’s compliance with CALEA standards. The assessors inspected the police department, interviewed employees, members of the community, and held a public information session to determine that the department met the requirements of a highly regarded body of law enforcement. The assessors found that indeed the agency was in compliance with all of these standards, and was successfully re-accredited for the fifth time since 1996.   

The purpose of the CALEA accreditation process is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by: maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence.  Accreditation is a voluntary process with only 5% of police department achieving accredited status.

Specifically, CALEA’s goals are to:

      Strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities;

      Formalize essential management procedures;

      Establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices;

      Improve service delivery;

      Solidify interagency cooperation and coordination; and

      Increase community and staff confidence in the agency.

 The CALEA Accreditation Process is a proven modern management model which, once implemented, presents the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with an on-going blueprint that promotes the efficient use of resources and improves service delivery—regardless of the size, geographic location, or functional responsibilities of the agency.

Maintaining an accredited status is a significant accomplishment for the members of the department, but more importantly, it denotes the quality of service this agency provides the community.  Currently, only 50 police departments in the State of Illinois have been accredited through CALEA, an international Commission founded to establish standards of professional excellence for public safety agencies.  In order to receive accreditation, candidate agencies must maintain policies that are consistent with the 464 standards of CALEA.  During an assessment, the agencies present “proofs of compliance” which demonstrate the agency practices in accordance with these policies.

In addition to meeting the standards called for by CALEA, the Hinsdale Police Department was also given the honor of being awarded the Accreditation with Excellence Award.  This award was created by CALEA as a symbolic incentive for agencies to employ CALEA Accreditation in a manner that sets the benchmark for public safety professionalism. The award has been structured for the recognition of agencies that have met a “Gold Standard for Public Safety” and demonstrated a commitment to professionalism and utilized CALEA as an institutionalized management model for the organization. The award criteria was met in demonstrating excellence in the development and implementation of contemporary policies and procedures, excellence in the ability to use CALEA as a tool for continuous organizational improvement, excellence in the collection, review and analysis of organizational data for public safety improvement, excellence in addressing the intent of the CALEA standards beyond compliance, and developing an organizational culture supportive of accreditation.

In regards to being awarded the Accreditation with Excellence Award, Chief Bloom states, “This award signifies the competence and professionalism that is intrinsic to this organization. I am very proud of the effort everyone put forward in achieving this award.”

Although the accreditation process is arduous, the benefits of accreditation are eminent.  The chief benefits are: greater accountability within the agency, liability reduction and stronger defense against civil lawsuits, support from government officials, and an increased community advocacy.  The results of this process tender an outside stamp of approval towards the Professionalism and Excellence of the Hinsdale Police Department. 

 The department will maintain an accredited status until April of 2014.


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July 27, 2011

 

CRIME PREVENTION ALERT: BURGLARIES TO VEHICLES

 

Since July 16th, 2011, there have been five reported incidents of burglary to both locked and unlocked vehicles that have occurred during the daytime hours.  Each of these cases have occurred while vehicles are parked in public parking lots, including the Hinsdale Swimming Pool, Village Lot, Veeck Park, and most recently at Katherine Legge Memorial Park. 

 

In four of the incidents, there has been forced entry to the vehicle by breaking a window using a foreign object or using a center-punch.  Numerous items of value have been taken from the vehicles, but most prominently purses have been taken and credit cards of the victims were subsequently used in various locations throughout the metropolitan area.

 

The Hinsdale Police Department is urging residents to not only lock their vehicles when left unoccupied, but also to conceal valuables including purses, wallets, and electronics.  The target of this two-week crime pattern has been predominantly purses that were left visible from the outside of the car.

 

Similar reports of car burglaries are also occurring in neighboring jurisdictions including Downers Grove, Westmont, Burr Ridge, and Lagrange Park.  The methods the suspects are using are similar in that there is forced entry to vehicles parked in public parking areas. The suspects in the cases remain unknown at this time as the investigation continues. 

 

If you observe behavior that is unusual or suspicious, contact the Hinsdale Police Department by calling 9-1-1. It is important to report an accurate description of the person(s) clothing, height, gender, and race.  If you observe a vehicle, note the color, make, style, and/or license plate. 

 

If you should have any questions, please contact the Hinsdale Police Department Investigations Division at 630-789-7080.


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July 27, 2011

 

SAFETY AND SELF-DEFENSE CLASS FOR FEMALE COLLEGE STUDENTS

 

The Hinsdale Police Department is presenting a Safety and Self-Defense class designed for female college students. This three (3) hour class will address awareness, alertness, preparation and self –defense techniques that will help in many situations. This class is targeted to incoming female college students or current female college students.

 

The dates and times for the classes are Tuesday August 9, 2011 1:00pm-4:00pm and/or Wednesday August 10, 2011 6:30pm-9:30pm.

  

For those who want to register or would like more information please contact:

 

Officer Michael Coughlin

Hinsdale Police Department

630-789-7084 desk

Email-mcoughlin@villageofhinsdale


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July 15, 2011
 

Summer Vacation Crime Prevention Tips At Home

 

The Hinsdale Police Department encourages you to follow these crime prevention tips if you are traveling away from your home during the Summer Season:

 

         The #1 prevention tip is to make your house look “LIVED IN” when you’re away. Never let items pile up in the mailbox or on the porch. It sends the message that no one is home or watching the residence.

 

         Arrange with a trusted neighbor to pick up your mail, newspapers, and garbage cans. They live in your neighborhood and know what looks suspicious in the area.

 

         Set automatic timers for interior and exterior lights, radio and TV’s. Turn the ringer down on the phone. A ringing phone alerts others that no one is home.

 

         Leave a normal message on your voicemail and do not announce that you will be on vacation. Do not post on Facebook or Twitter that you will be away from your residence on vacation.

 

         Leave your window shades in a “normal” position, or have your “house-watcher” move the window shade positioning throughout your vacation or your time away from your home. DO NOT CLOSE THE BLINDS.

 

         Lock your valuables in a safe deposit box or fire safe. Document all valuables via videotape and place this and important serial numbers in a safe deposit box as well.

 

         Notify the police department and request a “VACATION WATCH.”

 

         Lock ALL ladders, lawn supplies, etc in the shed or garage and make sure your garage is secured at all times.

 

         Take your garage door openers OUT of your vehicles. Remove important papers and documents with personal information on them. Have vehicles moved on occasion, so as to not be parked in one spot all the time.

 

         Make sure your burglar and fire alarms are in working condition. Test them with the alarm company and make sure your alarm company has an updated call list.

 

         Secure your windows by “PINNING” them and place a security bar in the track of your sliding glass doors.

 

         Leave emergency contact information with the police or a trusted neighbor.

 

         If you see a suspicious person or vehicle PLEASE don’t hesitate to notify the police by calling 911.

 

         PLEASE close & lock your garage doors and any external doors.

 

 

 

 
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