06
Feb 12

Community Alert: Snow Shoveling Burglars

DETAILS: A burglary was recently committed in the 1800 W. block of Haddon wherein the victim found two teens, 1 Male/Black and 1 Female/Black, inside his home who then fled outside towards another group of individuals standing outside the home with an adult Male/Black holding a snow shovel. Upon meeting up on the sidewalk all offenders then fled Westbound on Haddon Ave.

It is possible this could be a method of operation wherein part of the group acts as a lookouts under the premise of trying to solicit business by shoveling while the other part of the group approaches homes looking for unlocked doors or other access.

HOW YOU CAN HELP PREVENT THIS CRIME: Ensure your doors and windows remain locked at all times and when leaving your home ensure any alarms are set if one exists in your home.

Report all suspicious activity to 911.



02
Feb 12

Community Alert: Robbery 1901 W. Division

DETAILS: On 31 JAN 2012 at 3:15 PM, a Robbery occurred at 1901 W. Division. The offender placed his hand inside his jacket and asked a
question then stated “Actually, this is a Robbery.” Offender fled westbound on Division on foot.

OFFENDER DESCRIPTION: Male Black 25 to 30 5’09” 165 lbs. Black Jacket , Black Hoodie, Black baseball cap with Yellow writing

See the attached flier for photos of the offender

Any information regarding this crime can be reported to the
13th District at (312) 746-8350
or Area 4 Detectives at (312) 746-8253

 

CAPS Flyer – HV139768 1901 W. Division



03
Dec 11

Catalytic Converter Thefts – Info & Tips from the 13th District

Sergeant Juan Clas – Community Policing Officer for the 13th District recently sent out this alert regarding the thefts we’ve been seeing in our neighborhood and throughout the city of catalytic converters.

What are catalytic converters, and why is catalytic converter theft common?

Catalytic converters are devices that reduce pollution-causing emissions. Since 1975, all vehicles produced in the United States must have a catalytic converter as part of the exhaust system. The precious metals inside act as catalysts; when hot exhaust enters the converter, a chemical reaction occurs that renders toxic gases, such as carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons, into less harmful emissions.

Stolen catalytic converters are sold to scrap yards for around $100 to $150, and when you consider the current prices for precious metals you can understand the demand. Rhodium sells for roughly $9,500 an ounce, while platinum pays at about $2,000.

Meanwhile, victims of catalytic converter theft are left to deal with the aftermath. There’s the hassle of a vehicle that can’t be safely driven, and the impact that has on your business. There’s the high expense of having it towed to a local repair shop. And replacement of a stolen catalytic converter can run anywhere from $300 to $1,000, depending on the make and model of the vehicle. Nationwide’s comprehensive car insurance for businesses and individuals covers these repairs. If you are not insured with Nationwide be sure to check your commercial auto insurance policy to ensure that you are covered.


What thieves look for

Vehicles that sit higher from the ground, such as trucks, pick-ups and SUVs, are particularly vulnerable to catalytic converter theft because thieves can slide underneath without having to jack up the vehicle to gain access to the converter. With just a few cuts of a battery-powered saw, the catalytic converter can be stolen in less than a minute.

Catalytic converter thefts typically happen to vehicles that are parked for prolonged periods of time in large lots, such as shopping centers, mass transit commuter lots or company parking lots. “Corporate fleets are particularly vulnerable, because thieves can hit multiple vehicles in a single location,” says Ekiss. “And if that happens, it can shut down a business for days.”


Smart steps for preventing catalytic converter theft

Preventing catalytic converter theft on your vehicle is a matter of common sense and some research.

1. Always park in well-lighted areas.

2. At shopping centers and other similar parking lots, park close the entrance of the building, or near the access road where there’s a lot of traffic.

3. If you own or work at a business or factory, park within a fenced area that’s busy during the day and secured at night.

4. Engrave your license plate number on the converter to make it traceable. This can act as a catalytic converter theft deterrent and help with local police investigations.

5. Purchase a vehicle security system, and make sure its set to triggered with just the slightest motion.

6. Visit a local muffler shop and have the converter secured to the vehicle’s frame with a couple of pieces of hardened steel welded to the frame.

7. Check out the different types of catalytic converter theft deterrent systems at your local auto parts store or on the Internet.

 

Reference:

 

(n.d.). Business alert: Catalytic converter theft. Retrieved from Safety and loss control website: http://www.nationwide.com/catalytic-converter-

Sgt. Juan Clas
Community Policing Office
937 N. Wood S .
Chicago , IL 60622
Main: (312) 746-8355
Direct: (312) 743-1271
Fax: (312) 746-6736
Email: juan.clas@chicagopolice.org
CAPS Email: CAPS.013District@chicagopolice.org

Remember, rather than calling 911, you may call 311 to have a police officer complete a report for incidents such as theft, criminal damage to property, lost property, and other non-emergency situations.


08
Nov 11

Community Safety Seminar hosted by the 13th District

 

Last Thursday, the Aldermen from the 1st and 32nd wards met with leaders in the Ukrainian Village area and representatives of the 13th Police District about the recent robberies that have occurred in the area.   As a result of that meeting, the 13th Police District will be hosting a Community Safety Seminar on Wednesday, November 16 at noon in the basement of St. Nicholas Church, 2238 W. Rice St. ( please enter on the Rice side) .

07
Nov 11

Community Alert – Aggravated Battery – 1100 Block N. Ashland

Wanted for Aggravated Battery – Handgun – 13th District

About the Crime:

On November 5th, 2011 at approximately 3:48 am an aggravated battery with a handgun occurred in the 1100 block of N. Ashland Ave.  A vehicle similar to the one pictured below is being sought in connection with this incident.  The vehicle is a 1996-2000 Mitsubishi Galant, red in color with possible front-end damage and probably bullet damage on the rear.  If you observe the vehicle please notify police immediately.

 

This is NOT the actual vehicle sought in connection with the incident, this is only for comparison

If you have any information regarding this incident please contact the Area 4 Bureau Detectives at (312) 746 – 8252 Reference RD#  HT-575799