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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.
T-Bone September 27, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Common Sense People!
Tom H September 27, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Agreed, people are either lazy, honestly forget or you still have the people that think because they live in Plainfield it won't happen.....
Alexa September 27, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Yeah, Plainfield isn't a sleepy lil town anymore, people....
Dawn Gee September 30, 2012 at 12:44 PM
The scumbags have cleaned out Naperville and NOW Naperville knows to lock their car doors. Apparently they're just moving over to the next town.
Tim September 30, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Someone should explain that to the police chief. Extra patrols in neighborhoods? Nahhhh... that would take resources off of ticketing those hardened criminals that stop 1inch into the white lines on railroad crossings. If there isn't a revenue stream to be made, this department is not interested.
Michael G. D'Aversa September 30, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I'm all for common sense, but what are the police doing about this, besides handing out stickers and telling people to lock their doors?
Tom H September 30, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Tim, how do you know what the Chief is doing about these burglaries? You always have an answer to ALL issues that you post on. You should have been a cop, fire fighter, school official, teacher, village trustee, mayor and Chief of Police, you have all the answers......
Tom H September 30, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Tim, how do you know what the Chief is doing about these burglaries? You always have an answer to ALL issues that you post on. You should have been a cop, fire fighter, school official, teacher, village trustee, mayor and Chief of Police, you have all the answers......
Jerry Johnson September 30, 2012 at 03:02 PM
There are 3 types of people in this world. Type 1: Trusts EVERYONE and never locks their car. Type 2: Doesn't trust ANYONE so they lock their car. Tupe3: Trusts everyone but locks their car anyway.
Steve O September 30, 2012 at 03:07 PM
What would you like for the 4 officers to do while they work the streets? Just because officers drive down a street at night doesn't stop car burglaries. We were all kids once and as soon as you see headlights coming down the street, you would just hid and when they pass, you continue doing whatever you were doing. Yes, I think the police are taking the first step and telling these people to lock their vehicles. It's not a hard act to do and people need to realize Plainfield is NOT crime free.
Michael G. D'Aversa September 30, 2012 at 03:12 PM
To clarify my earlier comment, the article does not say what the police are doing to apprehend the criminals or what progress they have made toward that end. I am certain that our law enforcement efforts did not end with passing out stickers and telling citizens to lock their doors. Still, it would be reassuring to the citizens of Plainfield to hear so.
Tim September 30, 2012 at 04:23 PM
I never claim to have all the answers. It's fairly easy to see what the wrong answers are though. Do you feel safer knowing the police are regularly directing limited resources to collecting fines for railroad crossing violations? It is not a coincidence that this 'spike' in burglaries this summer (and armed robberies) came at the exact same time that there was also a 'spike' in the amount of resources directed at issuing crossing and seat belt violations. The department has limited resources, and pulling them from one area of enforcement into another, has significant consequences. The criticism is where these resource priorities are being directed.
Alexa September 30, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Tim, I agree. It's almost laughable how many times I have been followed by a Plainfield police car (yes, followed), just waiting for me to go over the speed limit! Or how about the time I drove for one block from my house, remembered I'd forgotten my seatbelt, buckled it on, and the Officer Friendly parked on the side of the road happened to notice me do that. Guess what I got as a souvenir of that happy meeting!! Cha-ching.
Gary Servic October 01, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Maybe you should just follow the rules of the road and you would not have to Cha-Ching.......it's really not that hard. I've lived here for 21 yrs and have had no issues with our police department
lil bit October 01, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Stop slapping heroin dealers like pat Daley.on the wrist. These kids are stealing anything they can because its worth money. The issue isn't patrol is the heroin epidemic.
Lisa S. October 01, 2012 at 04:54 PM
However, if they did patrol these areas more often, perhaps the likelihood of catching or deterring actual thieves would go up. But at the rate of 80% of these 'car burglaries' happening due to unlocked doors, the owners deserved what they got. Also, factor in how many of these 'car burglaries' are the result of a lot of press about same and insurance paying to replace the 'stolen' items.
Alexa October 01, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Guess what? I'm human. I DO follow the rules...oops, forgot my belt for 3 seconds and remembered. Congrats, sir! They must like you.
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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