Community Alert Bulletin - Suspicious Incidents/Burglary Activity

August, 23, 2021

In the early morning of hours (4:30 a.m. - 6:30 a.m.) of August 23, 2021, the River Forest Police Department became aware of several Suspicious Incidents and an unreported Burglary in the area of Washington and Ashland.  Two offenders, described as male juveniles wearing masks and dark clothing, committed one residential burglary and were checking doors on other houses before convincing a resident to give them a ride out of town.  The River Forest Police Department is working with the Forest Park Police Department to investigate these crimes. 

In light of these events, please take the time to review these Burglary Prevention Tips:

  • Lock your doors and windows. Ensure locks are sturdy, doors are strong, and door frames are reinforced. 
  • Keep property well lit with ample interior/exterior lighting. Note: there are plenty of proximity sensor options.
  • Keep valuable items out of plain view, particularly if left inside vehicles. 
  • Invest in security measures such as sensors, alarms, cameras, doorbell cameras, and more.
  • Inventory your valuable items and keep track of your property. Take photographs of jewelry, record serial numbers, etc. 
  • Be a good neighbor: look out for each other and be a second set of eyes for your neighbors' property.
  • Do not let strangers approach your vehicle, pull on your door handles, or enter your vehicle.
  • Do not drive strangers anywhere, your life may depend on the decisions you make!
  • Remain observant and don't hesitate to call 9-1-1 to report suspicious behavior or incidents

If you see something, say something.  For any questions or information, please contact Crime Prevention Officer Ben Ransom at (708) 366-7125.