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My Upscale Neighborhood is Safe, Right?

Last week our area 3 Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) reported a 27-year-old woman was robbed and sexually assaulted in Lincoln Park by a complete stranger.

“On Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at approximately 2:30 P.M., the Victim was at home on the 2600 block of N. Wilton when the Offender knocked on the Victim’s door.  When the Victim answered, the Offender displayed a handgun and entered the Victim’s residence. The Offender then Sexually Assaulted the Victim and took an unknown amount of money”.

The Offender, described as a white male, aged 20-30, 5’11”, 150-160 lbs. has not been caught, and is still being investigated. This is why security cameras are crucial for the entry points / common areas. Security cameras not only help to deter crimes, but also provide very significant leads for finding criminals and forensic evidence. If you have any information about this crime, call Area 3 Detective Division at (312) 744-8261, Reference RD #HT 507450.

Our theory? This “stranger” either knew her quite well, or spent some time studying this woman. He knew where she lived, and he knew she kept an amount of cash at her apartment. It is unlikely this was a coincidence.

Unfortunately, crime can happen ANY TIME, to ANYONE and ANYWHERE. VinTech has previously blogged about how neighbors can help play an important role in helping solve crimes.

What Can You Do To Help Prevent Being a Victim of a Crime?

1. Be ALERT and AWARE of your surroundings. Look at your surroundings, notice the people around you. Armed robbers like to sneak up on their victims. Make brief eye contact with those around you but don’t stare. Don’t look scared. Stay off your cell phone. Walk with purpose!

2. Report suspicious persons or activity to the police. They are NOT bothered by these calls.

3. Don’t brag about finances, vacation, etc on social media.

4. Don’t flash money even when inside a business establishment. Some robbers hang out in stores in order to spot victims carrying a lot of cash.

5. Be aware of neighbors, crimes in your neighborhood, and consider contributing to a neighborhood watch group.

6. Never open your door to unknown individuals, and secure any shared entry points, such as an access card controlled door in a lobby.

For more tips, check out How to Avoid Being a Victim in Psychology Today Magazine.

If you have any questions about preventing crime at your home or business, feel free to ask VinTech‘s security consultants. Don’t forget to like us on facebook and follow us on twitter for the latest security news and info.

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