River Forest police are reminding residents to lock their cars following a string of car burglaries in the area.
According to a police news release, there's a recent pattern of overnight burglaries, often involving cars that have been left unlocked. When cars are unlocked, that allows criminals the opportunity to rummage for smaller items. In other cases, if an expensive item is left in plain sight, a window might be broken to access it.
"Our officers are aware of this pattern and will be addressing it," Police Chief Gregory Weiss said in the release. "We ask for your assistance to help reduce these crimes by taking proper precautions. Lock your cars, set your car alarm, put items of value away and call the police if you hear unusual noises or your dog alerts you. Please be patient with the officer's if they see you out late at night and approach you."
Weiss said to call 708-366-7125 if you've experienced a similar incident or have information about any cases, or call 911 for immediate help.