You can help prevent residential burglaries by taking the following steps:
- Never leave clues that you are away on a trip. Put lights and a radio on timers to create the illusion that someone is at home when you go away. Leave shades and blinds in a position to maintain normal, everyday appearance. Be mindful of what you post on social media.
- Clearly display your house number, so police and emergency vehicles can find your home quickly.
- Do not put notes on your door or leave messages on your answering machine noting that you are gone and when you will return.
Upon your request, as a free service of the Northfield Police Department, an Officer will conduct a security check of your home to point out any weaknesses in security and make recommendations on how to strengthen the security of your home.
Many vehicle burglaries are "crimes of opportunity" because valuables are left in the cars. Most of these crimes can be avoided with simple preventative steps, including keeping all valuables out of view, parking in well-lit areas, utilizing an alarm system, and ALWAYS locking your doors.
If you discover that you have been a victim of a burglary, do not touch anything and immediately call the police.
Most importantly, any suspicious activity should be immediately reported to the Police by calling 911. If possible, write down the description of the person and/or vehicle and license plate number. If you have any questions, please call the Police Department at 847-446-2131. Through your assistance, the Police Department is better able to insure the safety of the community and its property.