Monday, October 16, 2017

Community Alert: Car Thefts In 19th District

The police have issued a community alert for the 19th District, which is bordered by Fullerton, Lawrence, the lake and the river. There is a car theft ring -- or one very active thief -- plying his trade all over the district, including in Uptown.

The thefts include those at:
  • 2700 Block of N Greenview between 18-19 September 2017 from 8:15pm-6am
  • 1200 Block of W Nelson on 21 September 2017 at 12am
  • 500 Block of W Aldine on 23 September 2017 at 9am
  • 900 Block of W Belle Plaine between 25-27 September 2017 from 9am-1pm
  • 4400 Block of N Ravenswood between 26-27 September 2017 from 9pm–7:30am
  • 600 Block of W Belmont on 03 October 2017 from 09:30am-10:40am
  • 900 Block of W Wrightwood on 04 October 2017 at 11:25am
  • 3300 Block of N Halsted on 05 October 2017 from 9:30pm-11:50pm
  • 1400 Block of W Montrose on 09 October 2017 from 1:30pm-7:30pm
  • 3800 Block of N Bell on 10 October 2017 at 8am
  • 4000 Block of N Kenmore between 13-14 October 2017 from 9:pm-11am
  • 4300 Block of N Clarendon on 15 October 2017 at 10pm
Please be a Gladys Kravitz and keep an eye out for suspicious behavior.  Call 911 if you see anything you think may be a theft in progress or about to happen. And if you have any information about past thefts, please contact the Area North Detectives at (312) 744-8263.

Other advice:
  • Get a "kill switch" installed. Just about any mechanic can do it at a reasonable price.
  • If your car starts with a fob rather than a key, hackers can amplify the signal from your fob and steal the car without the fob leaving your possession. Read about how to combat that here, here, and here.

1 comment:

  1. Six out of seven of these locations were always considered marginal to low areas as far back as when I was living there in the 70s.