Auto Burglary & Theft

Auto Burglary GraphicIn most car burglaries reported to the Winnetka Police Department, the vehicles had been left unlocked. Theft is a costly crime. It results in loss not only for those whose property is stolen, but also for the entire community since expensive police resources must be dedicated to investigating it. This crime can be prevented!

Taking Precautions

What you can do:

  • Ensure that your vehicle is locked after you park, even if it is parked in your own driveway or in your garage.
  • Remove all valuables from your vehicle, including purses, wallets, cell phones, and portable electronic devices. Never leave keys in a parked vehicle.
  • Keep the outside of your home well lit at night, including the garage area.
  • Be observant and call 911 immediately to report any suspicious activity to the Winnetka Police Department.

Auto thefts and burglaries of autos are often "crimes of opportunity." The Winnetka Police Department frequently receives reports of money or other items stolen from unlocked vehicles. Valuables should never be left in view inside of a vehicle.

Taking simple, common-sense precautions will help to reduce the number of thefts that are committed in Winnetka. Minimizing the opportunity for these types of crimes to be committed will help keep our community a safe and secure place.