Northfield Police Department is currently investigating three burglaries from motor vehicles, according to a village update.
“These burglaries occurred during the early to late evening hours. All targeted items were in open view,” the update said. “Most vehicle burglaries have one thing in common: something valuable left in the car.”
Northfield police reported three burglaries to motor vehicles between Sept. 6 and 7. The incidents took place in the 200 block of Lockwood Avenue, 300 block of Lagoon Drive and at Episcopal Church of St. James the Less. Stolen items include a radar detector, a briefcase and an iPhone charger, according to police reports.
Nearby Wilmette reported burglars have been targeting unlocked cars and auto garages more during 2012 than in 2011. From Jan. 1 through August 24, 132 garage and auto burglaries were reported to the Wilmette Police Department, a 67 percent increase from last year when 79 such burglaries were reported to the Wilmette police during the same period.
Northfield police say many of the burglaries are crimes of opportunity and can avoided by taking a few preventatives steps:
- Keep all valuables out of view
- Park in well-lit areas
- Utilize an alarm system
- Always lock doors
Northfield Police Department provides free home security checks. Upon request, an officer will conduct a survey of homes and offer recommendations on how to can make the residence more secure.
Police urge residents to report any suspicious activity, persons, or vehicles by calling 911. In the past, burglars have posed as contractors, surveyors, or workmen, and have parked their vehicle nearby. Do not take suspicious sounds or people for granted. If you have any questions, please call Northfield police at: 847-446-2131.