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Burglars find Chicago’s north suburbs ripe for picking

CTA train heading into Linden station by Zol87

Burglar crews have targeted Chicago’s North Shore suburbs once again.

In addition to the number of homes that have been burgled in the last few weeks you can also add dozens of unlocked cars sitting in driveways just asking to be robbed.

Why do North Shore residents leave their cars unlocked when they are sitting out on the street or in their driveway?

It isn’t as though this is the first time this type of crime has occurred in the burbs. You can read about items stolen from unlocked cars just about every week.

Many residents feel very safe living in the north suburbs such as Wilmette. After all they really aren’t going to be victimized by their neighbors, but what about people coming in from other areas.

Wilmette Police recently arrested 2 men suspected of being part a crew responsible for a number of thefts in and around the Linden “L” stop.

Why has this crime become so prevalent on the North Shore?

Ed Kress
For over 35 years Ed Kress has been an instructor and student at the Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts, named "Best Overall Martial Arts School” worldwide by Black Belt Magazine. Master Fred Degerberg awarded Ed his 7th degree Black Belt in 2015. Growing up on Chicago’s Southside, Ed learned early in life to pay attention to his surroundings in order to avoid potentially dangerous people and situations. Along with local law enforcement officers and directors of campus security, Ed has developed a program which focuses on teaching personal safety on the streets, and as it relates to the high school and college experience. Ed has trained thousands of adult men and women as well as high school and college students to improve their personal and situational awareness and, when necessary, how to physically defend themselves using their brains as well as their bodies. Ed began his martial arts career when he started wrestling in 8th grade, taking 1st place in the Chicago Park District City Championships. He later wrestled varsity at Mendel Catholic High School where he was a Chicago Catholic League Conference Champion. During his college career at North Park University he was a Conference Champion and 2-time NCAA Div 3 national qualifier. He was on his way to qualifying for the 3rd time when a neck injury ended his college career. His record that year was 17 - 0. He continues to wrestle as Head Freshman Wrestling Coach at Loyola Academy. A position he has held since 2004.

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