Palos Park Police Encourage You to
follow these tips to make your park experience safer and more
- Tell a reliable person the route
you plan to take and when you expect to be back.
- Vary your exercise times and
routes. Individuals who commit crimes such as assault, indecent
exposure, rape, robbery, and theft frequently try to predict a
potential victim's schedule.
- Avoid using headphones because
they mask important danger signs, such as a person approaching
- Trust your instincts. If you
believe you are being followed, don't hesitate to request help
from other citizens.
It's appropriate - and important - to
- If you see a theft occur.
- If you are a victim of any
- If you or anyone else requires
immediate police, fire or medical assistance
As a park visitor, here's what you
can do to help if you witness a crime:
- Call 9-1-1 to help a victim
and/or assist in the identification of a suspect or if you, or
anyone else, requires immediate police, fire or medical
Take time, when safely possible, to
obtain information regarding any suspect. Whenever possible, obtain
a car license number and a physical description of both the suspect
and the car. There are precautions you can take to reduce the
likelihood of theft of your personal property during a park visit.
Prevent Theft from Your Car
Did you know that there are criminals that frequent areas where
people are likely to leave valuables in vehicles? Please help reduce
your chance of becoming a victim.
- Lock valuables in your trunk
before arriving at a park or take them with you when you leave
your vehicle. Planning ahead can decrease your chance of being a
- Lock your doors and close your
- Watch for suspicious people
circling the area in a vehicle or loitering where they can
observe cars being parked. Call 9-1-1 with a description of the
suspicious person, the exact location and if possible, provide a
Prevent Theft of Your Bicycle
Follow these tips to help prevent bicycle theft.
- Lock your unattended bike, even
if it will be unattended just for a minute.
- Use a high quality hardened
steel U-shaped lock. Avoid locks that can easily be cut, picked,
- Never allow a stranger to ride a
bike even if the person promises to just go a short distance.
Often bike thieves lie, saying they just want to try the bike
out by riding a short distance. However, once they start riding
they never return.
- Record the bike's serial number
and keep it in a safe place, with the sales receipt and a
photograph of the bike.
Help Catch Thieves
Follow these suggestions to help the Palos Park Police prevent or
respond to the theft of a bicycle or other personal property.
- Be observant of individuals
loitering near parked bikes or cars. The loitering persons may
be planning to steal a bike or something from an unattended car.
Sometimes thieves use a tool to cut or break a bike lock or to
enter a locked car
- Notice a suspicious person's
race, age, size, hair color, facial features and clothing.
Memorize as much as you can about the suspect, beginning with
the person's head and working down toward the person's feet.
Obtain names, if possible, of the suspect and companions.
- Call the police at 911 when
suspicious persons are present near bikes or when any crime
- Share these crime prevention
tips with your family and friends.
Did you know...
...that bike riders are required to
obey all traffic laws that drivers of cars are expected to obey?
This includes stopping at stop signs and red lights, riding on the
correct side of the road and yielding the right of way at
...that when the police find a bike
they probably will not be able to locate the owner? In such cases,
the bike is sold at an auction.
...that a bike helmet can decrease
the severity of a bike accident head injury and maybe even save your
The Palos Park Police Department
needs your help to prevent vandalism and apprehend individuals who
vandalize our parks and recreational facilities.
Why it's important to stop
If you think vandalism isn't your problem, think again. Here are a
few reasons why vandalism hurts everyone.
Vandalism destroys what your tax dollars have created. Each year
vandals destroy thousands of dollars' worth of park facilities and
equipment funded by tax dollars. A few minutes of destructive "fun"
can add up to huge losses for our parks.
Vandalism takes dollars away from
recreational programs and facilities. It costs money to repair or
replace whatever a vandal's actions have destroyed.
Vandalism is not cool. Damaging
public property through vandalism is both cowardly and un-cool
Help Stop Vandalism
Here's what you can do to help prevent and address vandalism.
- Always call 9-1-1 to
report any crime in progress, including vandalism.