On May 1, 2013, the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents (SOAR) hosted their annual Safety and Security Program. This program included presentations from security and law enforcement officials as well as a question and answer session.
The panel included:
- Commander William Dunn, CPD, 18th Distric
- Jim Keating, CTA, Chief of Security
- John Graeber, Navy Pier, Director of Safety and Security
- Bruce Lewis, Northwestern University, Chief of Police
- Bob Langan, Loyola University, Water Tower Campus Police Lieutenant
The panel discussed their relationships with the Streeterville and North Michigan Avenue area. The following are key points from the presentation:
- Overall crime (robbery, burglary and theft) in the Streeterville area is down 7% YTD.
- CPD presence on North Michigan Avenue on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings has been increased by 60 officers.
- CPD is trying to increase their presence on Thursday evenings as well.
- Flash mob incidents involving teenage groups continues to be an issue along Michigan Avenue for CPD and residents of the Streeterville area. CPD’s current solution to this issue is for the increased presence in that area.
- Apple product thefts have magnified significantly.
- New phone-finder applications are becoming available on the market, allowing police to track the location of a stolen cell phone, disable it and activate a loud alarm from the stolen phone. The FCC will be publicizing this soon.
- Pickpockets are moving in groups of 4 on the CTA, Navy Pier and restaurants frequented by tourist.
- There are currently 162 known pickpockets in the area.
Please remind your tenants and residents to be vigilant and follow basic safety guidelines, below please find some basic safety tips:
- If you see something suspicious, report it.
- Be aware of who is around you.
- Always conceal valuables.
- Don’t open your wallet in public areas.
- Take well-traveled, well-lit routes. Don’t use shortcuts through alleys or walkways between buildings.
- Do not prop open doors.
- Be wary of solicitors or suspicious persons. “May I help you?” will often be sufficient to deter a potential intruder. Thieves do not want to be confronted or identified.
- Following your own instincts is crucial.
- Avoid unattended packages.