Burglary crime prevention

What’s a good way to draw burglars to your neighborhood?

Wilmette Police are being kept busy by increase in burglaries
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Every week in the suburbs just north of Chicago you can pick up the local paper and read stories about wallets, sunglasses, GPS devices, and cash being stolen from unlocked cars, and expensive bikes and from unlocked garages. This week was no different.

From January 1st of this year through Aug. 24, there have been 132 garage and auto burglaries this year; a 67 percent increase compared to the 79 reports for the same period in 2011, according to The Wilmette Police Department.

The Tribune reported that during questioning following arrests, several suspected burglars “tell us they’re targeting the area based on the amount of unlocked vehicles, so that’s the component we’re trying to address,” King said. “We see it as an act of good citizenship. You’re helping to deter these types of crimes, and that makes it safer for your entire neighborhood.”

Based on what Wilmette Police Chief Brian King has uncovered in questioning robbery suspects; it appears that the best way to attract burglars to your neighborhood is to….Click here to read more

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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