Freeport Police Department Issues Public Caution Over Recent Car Burglaries

Freeport – From the Freeport Police Department: We’ve had a number of car burglaries reported lately so we wanted to remind people to take some basic precautions to avoid problems. The vast majority of car burglaries are just crimes of opportunity – the offenders will walk down the middle of the street checking car doors on both sides as they walk, hoping to find ones that are not locked. Many of them are not locked and those are the ones mostoften chosen as the ones to get into. Sometimes a window is broken to gain access but usually only when something of value is left visible inside the car like a purse, a laptop, video game system, or other item of value that is easy to carry away. It’s not likely that you would get your window broken by someone who was just looking for something to steal. Remember, it only takes a second to smash a car window and walk away with your expensive property.

1. LOCK YOUR CAR DOORS and
2. DON’T LEAVE VALUABLES IN YOUR CAR AS AN INVITATION FOR A THIEF TO BREAK YOUR WINDOW

If you follow these two simple guidelines you will greatly reduce your chance of being a victim. The offenders will just move on to someone else’s car that was left unlocked with a purse on the seat.

Anyone who witnesses any suspicious activity, or has any information on any of the current burglary cases, is urged to call the Freeport Police Department at 815-235-8222, the Stateline Area Crime Stoppers at 866-847-7669, or Stephenson County Crime Stop at 815-235-7867. Callers to Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous and those with information leading to an arrest are eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.

(In-progress burglaries should be reported to 911.)

Thank you for your assistance!

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