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Lock Your Doors: Vehicle Burglaries on the Rise in Plainfield

Plainfield police seeing a "sharp increase" in incidents, warn residents to take precautions.

Plainfield police are warning residents to be wary as the number of vehicle break-ins — most attributed to unlocked doors — is up in Plainfield.

Calling the numbers a "sharp increase," Sgt. Kevin McQuaid said police have received 36 reports of burglaries to vehicles since Aug. 1, up from about a dozen reports in June and July.

While there have been some cases of thieves shattering car windows, police said 80 percent of the crimes have been the result of unlocked doors.

The vehicle burglaries have occurred throughout the village, with more than 40 percent happening in the Liberty Grove and Patriot Square subdivisions. Liberty Grove is located west of Wallin Drive between 143rd Street and Lockport Street, while Patriot Square is a half-mile north of Lockport Street west of Van Dyke Road.

Last spring, police provided "Lock It or Lose It" vehicle stickers to remind residents to lock their doors and remove valuable items, as well as to help police determine what vehicles belong in Plainfield neighborhoods. 

To receive a free sticker, stop by the Plainfield Police Department, 14300 S. Coil Plus Drive, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; or Village Hall, 24401 W. Lockport St., between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

Police remind residents to take the following precautions to protect their vehicles and their valuables:

  • Always remember to lock your doors when you are away from your vehicle.  It takes a matter of seconds for someone to open your door and grab whatever is convenient.
  • Even when you lock your doors, please remember to keep all valuables out of sight.  Items such as GPS units, lap tops, cell phones, purse and wallets have all been targeted recently.  Do not make yourself an easy victim by leaving these items out for everyone to see.
  • Contact the Plainfield Police Department to report any suspicious activity.
Tim October 01, 2012 at 07:13 PM
The police took 'the first step' LAST YEAR when they decided giving everyone stickers was a good solution. They have had over a year to figure out what the 'second step' is. In the meantime, the police chief was too busy getting excited about putting rifles in all the schools to combat imaginary crimes. While ignoring that actual crimes that were happening on a daily basis. Poor leadership, from the top down.
Paul October 02, 2012 at 01:14 AM
I have 4 moultrie 100 game cameras around my house, I get every car and license plate that drives by 24/7, maybe it would help police someday
Gary Servic October 02, 2012 at 05:25 AM
It's not that they like me any better than anyone else, but I am truly passionate about driving and how dangerous it is by not following some basic laws. Sure, inventory worn my seatbelt or sped down 59, but its all about being in the right place at the right to be caught or not caught.
Hugo October 02, 2012 at 12:48 PM
If they were in the neighborhoods during the wee hours, they wouldn't be in the business corridor where armed robberies and DUIs occcur. So...where should they be?
Tim October 02, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Obviously they weren't there those months either, were they? The word you are missing is 'patrol'. It's what they are missing as well. Many times I have see 2 cars parked off the side of a road for HOURS in the same spot. The attitude seems to be that this department can still be run like it was when this was just a small town. This chief is better suited for a town of 350 people, not 35,000.

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