Ridge cops advise keeping valuables out of automobiles

By Laura Bollin

A spate of burglaries from vehicles has prompted Chicago Ridge police to remind people who park or shop in the village to lock their car doors and keep their valuables out of sight.

Multiple burglaries were reported Thursday and Friday last week from vehicles parked at the Chicago Ridge Mall, near a single-family housing development near the Metra station at 103rd Street and Ridgeland Avenue, and in the residential area bounded by 111th and 105th streets, and Ridgeland to Central avenues, police said.

Valuable items such as GPS units and cell phones should either be hidden in the glove box or trunk, or carried in a purse or pocket, police advised. Taking valuables out of a vehicle is the safest method to avoid being a burglary victim, police said.

Several burglaries were carried out while the vehicles were parked on the street or in the driveways, so police are recommending residents make their homes look “lived in” by leaving lights on timers or installing exterior lighting with motion sensors. Burglars are less likely to try and break into a car in a well-lit area, police said.

Residents are encouraged to report suspicious activity such as an unknown person lurking around parked vehicles or near a neighbor’s house.