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    Smash and Grabs at Baseball Fields

    Just got this from GE Baseball email blast:

    To All of our Glen Ellyn Baseball Families,
    We wanted to make our families aware that on Sunday, August 27th, three cars were robbed in a smash and grab operation at Village Green by Fields 1 through 4. The side windows of the vehicles were smashed and ladies purses were stolen after which the thieves fled the scene.

    The Police told the 3 families who were robbed that there has been an increase in these kinds of smash and grabs at baseball field parking lots. Fans arrive at the same time to watch games that are starting at the same time and fields tend to be located far enough away from the parking lots which allows these operations to take place without anyone noticing. The thieves sit in their car watching and waiting for people to exit their cars without purses. Once the parking lot gets relatively quiet, after the games have started, they find the cars from which they saw ladies leaving without purses.

    Please let this be a reminder to not leave purses in the car, especially in view, and be vigilant.

    Regards,
    Glen Ellyn Youth Baseball Association

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    Glad to see the Glen Ellyn police inform the community once again! Wait, the Glen Ellyn Youth Baseball Association informed the community.

    What did the Glen Ellyn police inform the community about this morning?

    https://twitter.com/VillageofGE?ref_...Ctwgr%5Eauthor

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    What's the Difference Between Burglary, Robbery, and Theft?

    Robbery

    So if stealing something is theft, then what is robbery? Robbery is essentially theft accomplished through the use of physical force or fear.

    For example, someone stealing your purse after you set it down on a table and walked away would be theft. But someone stealing your purse by demanding you hand it over in a threatening way or by violently snatching it away from you would be robbery.

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    From wikipedia :

    A smash and grab is a particular form of burglary that involves smashing a barrier, usually a display window in a shop or a showcase, grabbing valuables, and making a quick getaway, without concern for setting off alarms or creating noise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliché View Post
    Glad to see the Glen Ellyn police inform the community once again!
    Come on, this isn't the first time this sort of thing has happened, and they do issue the periodic reminders to lock cars etc. They have signs up at Ackerman reminding people not to leave valuables in the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NEBF View Post
    Come on, this isn't the first time this sort of thing has happened, and they do issue the periodic reminders to lock cars etc. They have signs up at Ackerman reminding people not to leave valuables in the car.
    Glen Ellyn police department has failed again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again to inform the community. This is nothing new, decades of the inability to inform the public. The statement issued by the GEYBA said "The Police told the 3 families who were robbed that there has been an increase in these kinds of smash and grabs at baseball field parking lots." Really? Well then why not f-ing issue a statement to the public?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliché View Post
    Well then why not f-ing issue a statement to the public?
    Because they are too busy tweeting about Coffee with Cops?

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    Just looked at the Press Bulletins from the entire summer, not one similar incident officially listed. So if this statement is true, ""The Police told the 3 families who were robbed that there has been an increase in these kinds of smash and grabs at baseball field parking lots," why are these incidents, like an incident I and many others dining at Made in Italy one night witnessed, never showing up in the bulletins?

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    The incidents were not robberies, they were burglaries.

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    I agree it's good to understand what sort of criminal activity is going on around town. These sorts of activities have been going down for years and the public is typically made aware through various channels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NEBF View Post
    I agree it's good to understand what sort of criminal activity is going on around town. These sorts of activities have been going down for years and the public is typically made aware through various channels.
    Agree, an awareness of the types of crimes that are happening your community and the safe guards one should take should be expected. But there is a difference between reminding people to lock their cars and doors versus warnings on upticks in specific criminal behavior in specific locations. In just the past 3 years there were separate clusters of ATM robberies, residential burglaries, predatory sexual behavior on the Prairie Path and now these parking lot "smash and grabs." And on each of those 4*, myself and the community were first informed by community members through this forum, Facebook and emails. As I said previous in this thread, and many times before, lack of communication again and again and again and again...

    * lest I forget a 5th, the time a young man was kidnapped at gunpoint in downtown Glen Ellyn and it took a week to let the community know.
    Last edited by Cliché; 08-30-2017 at 09:31 AM. Reason: 5th

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    3 cars burglarized at Village Green Park (link) — Suburban Life

    Gotta love the way this story starts...

    "GLEN ELLYN – The Glen Ellyn Park District Youth Baseball Association is warning families to be vigilant after three cars were burglarized Aug. 27 at Village Green Park."

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    Cliche your campaign for transparency might be working. Note the lead story in the VGE eNews "Police Warn Residents of Surge in Vehicle Burglary and Theft" (source link).

    Given that 13 of 14 stolen vehicles last year had the keys left in them, not sure how effective the warning will be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NEBF View Post
    Cliche your campaign for transparency might be working. Note the lead story in the VGE eNews "Police Warn Residents of Surge in Vehicle Burglary and Theft" (source link).

    Given that 13 of 14 stolen vehicles last year had the keys left in them, not sure how effective the warning will be.
    It's not. That is a meaningless, lazy publicizing of crime data, versus a proactive, meaningful communicating of crime to residents. When there is activity that might be useful to the community regarding crime and would be of value for the residents to have knowledge of, there is only silence. If only they could communicate to the community beyond when they are serving Coffee with the Cops and then the predictable follow up that the event is cancelled. And note, that is not a "warning" to the residents about crime... it is written to "blame" the crime on the residents who were careless to leave their cars unlocked.* Basically they are communicating, "We are pretty safe here in Pleasantville, however, when crime occurs it's not law enforcement's performance."

    * Which is true, but.

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    Perfect, timely example...we have to rely on "The Patch" to inform us of this over a week later...

    "Police are looking for a man who reportedly exposed himself at a hair salon in Glen Ellyn. The incident took place on March 8 at the Great Clips located at 281 Roosevelt Road. According to police, the suspect walked into the store at approximately 8:15 p.m. wearing a black parka. Police say he then exposed himself to the staff before fleeing. The suspect, described as a 5'5" white male in his 20s or 30s, was last seen wearing a black parka and a black hat.Anyone with information is encouraged to call Glen Ellyn Police at 630-469-1187."

    https://patch.com/illinois/glenellyn...ips-glen-ellyn

    Other than Coffee for Cops, not sure why they have a Twitter account.

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