Recently, Elmhurst experienced a carjacking and although we were able to arrest two suspects and recover the work car involved with the crime and the victim’s car, the case remains under active investigation with no formal charges at this time. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide much detail in this case as we are actively pursuing leads in the matter.
The Chicagoland area is experiencing an increase in certain types of crime over the last two years. For example, is has been published by several news sources that "carjackings" in Chicago are at their highest level in more than ten years. Elmhurst is located in the heart of the Chicago metropolitan area, serviced by an expressway (I-290 & I-294) and major highways (Rt 83, Lake Street, North Ave, St Charles, Butterfield & Roosevelt Rd), therefore our police department is at the forefront of dealing with some of these issues. As evidenced by our recent arrests in several incidents, they are often being perpetrated by young gang affiliated groups from Chicago who commit offenses in the suburbs, then return to Chicago. The investigations from these cases show the suspects commit crime in many area suburbs, not just ours.
Our police force is committed to the safety of our community and we take this responsibility seriously. The police department is working overtime, increasing officer patrols with both marked and unmarked squad cars in response. Additional time off has been canceled to increase police officer staffing each day. Our detectives are coordinating efforts with other affected suburban departments, the Chicago Police and the FBI to identify and apprehend burglary and vehicle theft suspects. Throughout 2017, we have installed new public safety video camera technology at various locations throughout the city and have planned an expansion of that program in 2018. The police department continues to ask those that live and work in our community to be aware of their surroundings and to call 9-1-1 to immediately report any suspicious activity. By calling 9-1-1, police officers are promptly dispatched to investigate any suspicious persons, vehicles, or unrecognized individuals. Though these recent incidents are very concerning, it's important to note that Elmhurst is a safe community, having among the lowest crime rates in the Chicago metro area. By always locking your house and car doors and having a watchful eye for your neighborhood, we can make Elmhurst a safer community.
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Chief of Police