Monday, February 10, 2014

4 MORE BURGLARIES: Prowler Strikes While Woman Sleeps Monday Afternoon

The burglaries kept on coming Monday.

In one particularly unsettling case, a prowler broke in to a woman's fourth floor apartment as she slept at 1:45 Monday afternoon. The burglar took the woman's purse and fled in the 2800 block of Cambridge, one block east of Broadway and Diversey.

Other burglaries reported Monday:

9:48AM — Auto shop in the 900 block of Dakin. Forcible entry. Case #HX145807

10:54AM — A doctor's office in the 2800 block of Sheffield. No force used for entry. Case #HX145944

7:29PM — Third floor of a graystone in the 3800 block of Wilton. Forcible entry through the front door. Case #HX146679. This is at least the second break-in on that block of Wilton since late January.

On Thursday, the Chicago Police Department and 44th ward alderman Tom Tunney warned area residents of a significant burglary problem that has developed over the past six weeks.

Assault at Center on Halsted
Police responded to the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, at 5:30 Sunday night after two people were said to be causing a disturbance and refusing to leave. When the dust and threats settled, an assault report was filed. CPD case HX145272. The offenders were gone when police arrived.

...At 9:20 this evening, police responded after a 14-year-old boy with "torn up clothes" sought help at the Center on Halsted. The boy was taken to the police station at 10PM.

UPDATE 10:28AM FEBRUARY 11: After asking the public for assistance, police have identified the boy who had been "placed in a residence through a social service agency" after being "displaced" on 111th Street two months ago, the Chicago Tribune reports. He is now being reunited with his family, the paper says.

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18 comments:

  1. Do people leave their doors unlocked? How does someone gain access to an apartment unit and target a specific apartment to enter to steal someone's purse? Keep your doors locked people. That's Living in a city 101.

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    1. The burglary is classified as a forcible entry, which, of course, means that the offender forced his way into the apartment.

      On the other hand, the building is a four-plus-one and the prowler had to find his way in somehow, assuming he does not live in the building, of course.

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  2. And furthermore, do you really think those landlords re-key those places after each move-out? Sure you turn your keys in but everyone gets duplicates made the first week they move in. Where do those go? That locksmith right there on Halsted amongst all the bars obviously has a sustainable business. I got my duplicates made there!

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  3. Major security problem: residents buzzing unknown persons into the front door of their building. Or the burglar simply follows a resident or a delivery person right in the front door. Then they can go all over the building checking for unlocked or poorly secured apartment doors.

    Usually a pry bar is used to pry open the apt. doors. Get a metal security plate installed between the doorknob / deadbolt and the door frame.

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  4. I'm an apartment building owner. Security is very important to me. I do rekey all the locks to the apartment doors once a new lease is signed and after repairs are finished. I had security laminate applied to all the windows that are accessible from outside. The only thing I can't do is make sure my neighbors lock their doors and windows. I've watched someone try to climb to the second floor porch ( and called the cops), but don't think that someone can't get in just because you live on a higher floor. These guys work in teams and all they need is a boost to get up, get over, and get in.

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  5. Our building had been keyed with gang symbols on 2 of the doors late in the fall (and still not fixed). Then I noticed our main entry door wasn't completely shut this winter on too many occasions to count. I would leave early in the morning for work and there would be a cold draft and the door cracked open overnight the whole time. Sometimes you need to remind the residents that do this to shut the door as they enter and leave. If they have an issue just give them the address for this wonderful website.

    On a separate issue in our building 2 of the residents put notes taped to the front door window. These state to ring another residents buzzer if they weren't home to have their package placed inside the entryway. If you can afford where we live then get a P.O. Box. Could you think of a worse idea??? Come one, come all!

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  6. Fact - in the 19th District about 34% of all burglaries are unlawful entry where a person has left a door or window unlocked. Please people, even if you are in a "secure" building, lock your doors and windows when you leave. No matter where you go or for how long you leave, even if just for a few minutes. Thanks.
    - one of your cops

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  7. Yesterday in my building, two black girls with "official vests" were going door to door knocking on apartment doors, doing what I don't know. I thought it was my friend who knocked on my door so I opened, listened for about 3 seconds told her "I don't do door to door solicitations," closed and locked it.

    Called 911 to report a criminal trespass. Sassy woman on the other end: "So what they doin' wrong?"

    IT IS A CRIMINAL TRESPASS. Hung around for 30 minutes - no police response. Crime is down! But I'm almost positive my building was cased, which is just fabulous.

    For the love of god, people, don't let people you don't know into your building. Grow a spine and don't let people piggyback.

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    1. A couple of buildings reported those individuals during one hour yesterday evening.

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  8. Iraqi Information MinisterFeb 11, 2014, 9:35:00 AM

    The CoH again, huh? You mean the place that doesn't contribute to the crime in the neighborhood? Why do you keep printing lies, they've told us repeatedly about what good neighbors they are, and I think you should believe them.

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  9. Save some time, combine the COH and police station in one building....

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  10. Someone rang my buzzer around 8.30 - 9pm last night and when I looked out my window down at the front door, there was someone with a clipboard and orange vest outside at the door. I said to myself, no way, but then I heard the downstairs lobby door open. So someone let them in - IDIOTS! They didn't knock on my door or anything, so I didn't have any further experience. I'll definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for them again and make sure they don't get in.

    Dammit people, DO NOT buzz anyone in you don't know! This is a matter of your safety AND your neighbors. Don't be an IDIOT!

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    1. Maybe you need to post something in your building? Just a thought.

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    2. Do you know your neighbors well enough to ask them if they buzzed him/her (them) in? What balls to buzz at that hour! Clearly, they're having success or they wouldn't keep doing it.
      I saw three guys leisurely walking down Broadway the other day in orange vests. Have never noticed a group like that before just strolling. Aren't those traffic vests?

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  11. @Anonymous I'm thinking exactly the same! :-) I already emailed my management company about the experience last night and concerns about people buzzing visitors in blindly. I requested they post something or send a note out to all residents in the complex, but also said I'd be putting up a sign in my building lobby myself about not buzzing in strangers or letting people follow you in. Then I just have to hope my neighbors will be a little more thoughtful and safe in who they allow entry to the building.

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    1. I think that's best, some people just don't get it.

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    2. While you're at it refer them to this blog about the issue.

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  12. FORMER19th DISTRICT BURGLARY MISSION TEAM identify and arrest burglar that was very active in 19th and 18th districts Wednesday afternoon !!!!!

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