Neighborhood Safety

Crime Prevention Tips – 2016 for Graceland West Community Association (GWCA) Graceland West

Call 911 IMMEDIATELY TO REPORT CRIME OR SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY.  DESCRIBE SUSPECTS HEAD TO TOE – Concentrate on one distinct feature!

  • Crime in progress
  • Suspicious person.  Could be in a parked car (street or alley)
  • Someone checking out houses, yards or cars   
  • ANYONE at your door with a scam or sob story requesting money (Lambs Farm does not solicit door to door and a recent “School Soccer Team” fundraising door to door, did not exist.   
  • An unknown group gathering
  • Cars speeding or “racing” on a street or alley  – get plate number if possible

REPORT ALL CRIME: Police analyze arrests, incidents and patterns.

REPORT ALL GRAFFITI:  Use the Chicago Works app.  Photo graffiti and email to 311 with the address.  Apply anti-graffiti coating to tempting surfaces.

LOOK OUT FOR YOUR NEIGHBORS:  Make new friends.  Check on each other.  Look at their house, yard and the street.  Help shovel.  Clear newspapers and flyers. 

LINE OF SIGHT:  Don’t obscure home entry points behind a privacy fence, shrubs or trees.  Eliminate hiding spots by trimming landscaping.

PORCH LIGHTS ON DUSK TO DAWN: Have a bright porch light and rear entry light on every night from dusk to dawn.  Add motion activated lights to your rear and side yards.  Report street or alley lights out.

DON’T LEAVE YOUR HOUSE DARK: Someone on the side walk, in the alley or at your door should think you’re home. Have 1 -2 interior lights visible from the street on timers from dusk to bedtime.

CREATE A PHONE TREE:  Neighbors on four sides.  Call it immediately after calling 911.

ALWAYS SECURE YOUR HOUSE, APARTMENT AND GARAGE:  Use ventilation locks on 1st and 2nd floor windows.  Lock your door when you’re gardening, raking, shoveling.   Relock when you come inside.

SECURE YOUR BELONGINGS: Financial records, computers, jewelry, bicycles, ladders etc.

STREET SMARTS:  Don’t advertise – Don’t show ear buds or phone.  Be aware, not distracted.

VEHICLE SMARTS:  Don’t leave ANY personal item visible in your vehicle.  Lock your vehicle while driving.

SHOVEL SNOW: Cleaned sidewalks, walkways, steps and porches say OCCUPIED and make for safer passage.

PHOTOGRAPH AND INVENTORY YOUR PROPERTY:  Keep a copy of your inventory off site.  Inscribe your driver’s license number on electronics.  Register bikes at www.chicagopolice.org.

ATTEND YOUR LOCAL CAPS MEETING: Beat 1912

ENJOY YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD and make friends, walk or run at the LVHS track, bring your children to the play lot, picnic, make some music, meet friends, do Thai Chi or help weed at Warner Park.  Enjoy the Graceland Cemetery and Arboretum. 

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Upcoming Events

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  3. GWCA Community-Wide Street Leaf Cleanup – Sat, Nov 18, 9-11 am

    November 18 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

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