2 years ago on 02/27/2017 at 2:20 PM

Park Ridge Police recently sent out a press release I hope everyone takes to heart. While crime here is at a five-year low, the police suggest we help with a short list of common-sense things to do around the house. We've talked in these pages about locking doors, but the very first item on the recommendations is "Install outdoor lights and keep them on at night. " Almost everyone has some exterior lighting, and Dark Ridge sure could use it. Please turn on your outside lights at night! Thank you.


2 years ago on 02/27/2017 at 2:49 PM

We started leaving our lights on overnight after learning from the police how much that helps them see shadows and movement on their patrols and it's a much more civilized alternative to having street lamps every 300 feet on every block.

2 years ago on 02/27/2017 at 7:35 PM

This is a serious question that I truly don't know the answer to. Why don't we have street lights in Park Ridge?

2 years ago on 02/27/2017 at 7:38 PM

I don't know the answer to why we don't have more street lights, mainly because I'm happy with the number we have, but we do have a street light at every intersection in town (or nearly so)

2 years ago on 02/27/2017 at 7:41 PM

I know they are at the intersections, but it's so dark at night since there aren't any more than that. I keep my porch lights on at night as well, but they can only do so much. Maybe it's because I grew up in Chicago and I'm accustomed to more street lights.

2 years ago on 02/27/2017 at 7:53 PM

Where in Chicago? I grew up in Rogers Park. I'm old enough to remember when they switched from the blueish lights to the bright orange ones. When we moved to the suburbs, it took me quite awhile to get used to the relative darkness, but in the end, it's far more pleasant to be able to see the stars (and even the planes) at night. Like I said earlier, I leave my outside lights on to help light the sidewalk.

2 years ago on 02/27/2017 at 7:58 PM

South side-Beverly

2 years ago on 02/27/2017 at 8:00 PM

Further south than I was north, but similar neighborhoods, at least they were once. :)

2 years ago on 02/28/2017 at 8:25 AM

A couple years ago the City Council and the Park Ridge Police Department did a presentation on how to prevent home break-ins. They invited some burglars from Cook County Jail to come and speak to the audience on what they looked for in a potential target and how to protect your belongings once they got inside the house. One of the first things they mentioned was that they always hit houses with no window coverings. It is easy to case the house, figure out routines and once they were in the house they were able to see what is coming. The second thing was that they hit kitchens first, master bedrooms and then the den. They rarely head into basements because they don't know what is down there and they can't see what is coming. They said a far corner of the basement is the best place to hid your valuables. They rarely go into kids' bedrooms—unless they can easily see a gaming system— because they only allow themselves 10 to 15 minutes in the house. They will hit homes at night when the residents are home. They don't care about alarm systems. They know how much time they have before the police can get there. With so many false alarms they know the neighbors won't show up unless the alarm has gone off for too long. Don't leave your garage door opener in your car if you leave your car on the driveway. Always lock the door from the garage to the house if you have an attached garage. There were a ton of other tips. I wish I could remember them all. I'd love to see them put on this presentation again.