Neighborhood Watch

Grandwood Park is a NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH community.  

If you see or become aware of a situation which you deem suspicious or out of the ordinary, you are encouraged to call the Lake County Sheriff at (847) 549-5200 and request assistance. 

If you prefer, call our County Board Representative, Steve Carlson, at (847) 356-4167 or (cell) 224-627-0767 and he will be happy to place the call for you.

 When in doubt ..... CALL

The number one way to prevent vandalism in Grandwood Park (or any neighborhood), is to have neighbors visible by taking walks, visiting our parks and open spaces.  We may want someone else to take care of it, but this is not somebody else's problem.  It requires the entire neighborhood to stand up and take the time to keep our parks and open spaces safe for everyone to use. The Park District, in conjunction with the Civic Association, will coordinate the efforts of our friends and neighbors.  Please think about giving a few hours a month to help keep Grandwood Park a safe and beautiful neighborhood.

Keeping eyes open and taking ownership of our streets, parks and open spaces is the only way to prevent unwanted vandalism and abuse of our community.

If you are interested in helping please contact the Park District office at 847-356-0008 or by email at parkdistrict@grandwoodpark.net, or the Civic Association at 224-469-9933 or by email at civicassociation@grandwoodpark.net.

Thank you for your help.  Together, we can help keep our community safe!

Some information to keep your vehicle safe:

Message From Chief Kevin Woodside
Burglar Proofing Your Car in Three Words

Can you actually make your car burglar proof? Maybe not, but you can go a long way toward reducing the likelyhood you will be a victim, and it has nothing to do with an alarm system or more police officers. It is much simpler than that. In fact, it comes down to three simple words: lock, take, hide.

We discovered that over 93% of car burglaries in residential neighborhoods were to vehicles that were left unlocked. Actually, the remaining 7% included incidents where the owner reported locking their car, but there was no broken glass or other evidence of forced entry, so the actual number is closer to 100%. Don't miss that. Almost every vehicle burglary on a residential street, parking lot or driveway was through an unlocked car door.

We also discovered that a vast majority of car burglaries in commercial areas were to vehicles that had high value items in plain view inside the car. Burglars are much more willing to break a window and force entry when they can see something of value, like a purse, laptop or GPS unit.

With this information our Crime Prevention Technician, Tom Agos, discovered a program called "Lock, Take, Hide" in use in other communities around the country that addressed the fundamental weaknesses that lead to these crimes.

In 2009, with the initial help from a grant from Target, the simple message to "Lock your car, take your keys and hide your belongings" began appearing on signs around Gurnee. Since that time we have been getting the word out by increasing the number of signs, through Neighborhood Watch meetings, the Village website, social media and every venue we have to repeat the simple message, "Lock, Take, Hide."

The result? A 42% drop in auto burglaries the first year and a sustained decrease of 29% since 2009 (when compared to the years 2004 through 2009). It only works because the word is getting out and you are making yourself a harder target.

Auto burglary is a serious crime. Auto burglaries result in property damage, property loss, police staffing costs, and most importantly, the feeling that you have been violated. Other serious crimes such as identity theft, motor vehicle theft, and residential burglary have been linked to auto burglaries.

You can make a difference by always remembering to "Lock your car, take your keys and hide your belongings" and by sharing this message with everyone you know.

Sincerely,

Kevin M. Woodside
Chief of Police