PRESS RELEASE

Contact Information:
Chief of Police Mark W. Field, 630-260-4861

2012-11-26

Crime Prevention Tips for the Holiday Season

WHEATON, Ill. – Please join us in our shared responsibilities to prevent accidents and crimes.

Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs remains the No. 1 cause of fatal traffic crashes in Illinois and across our nation. Please use a designated driver, a cab, or public transportation should you consume anything that may impair your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.

Always lock your home, leave a light on a timer, and have a neighbor retrieve your mail when you will be away from home. Residents are welcome to complete a vacation house watch with the Wheaton Police Department when they will be away from home for more than a few days. Officers will check your home periodically. Vacation house watch requests may be filed in person at the police station or over the internet at http://www.wheaton.il.us/servicerequest.

Always remove valuables from the inside of your parked car and keep the car locked, no matter where it is parked.

Keep a watchful eye on your neighborhood. Should you hear or observe anything suspicious, call 9-1-1 immediately. You may choose to remain anonymous. Wheaton police officers will respond to anonymous reports.

Members of the Wheaton Police Department wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

It is our honor “To Protect and To Serve” you.

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