Lansing Police Department offers advice to local businesses following recent burglaries

by Melanie Jongsma

Lt. Scott Bailey spoke at the December Chamber luncheon. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
LANSING, Ill. (January 7, 2020) – A recent increase in burglaries at various Ridge Road and Torrence Avenue businesses has prompted the Lansing Police Department to reach out to the business community with tips and advice. Lieutenant Scott Bailey attended the December Lansing Area Chamber luncheon and spoke to business representatives there. He later shared the same information in the Chamber’s weekly email newsletter, which reaches approximately 1,800 businesses and residents.

Bailey encouraged business owners to be aware of suspicious behavior, even during business hours. Store visitors who seem to be trying to look into offices or back rooms, customers who ask questions about the security set-up, passersby who are looking around for security cameras—the police should be made aware of this kind of activity before something happens. And business owners should periodically check their security systems to make sure they are working properly.

Other tips specifically for businesses include the following:

  1. Install exterior lighting around the business, and make sure it is actually turned on after dark. Lighting is a deterrent to burglary.
  2. Make it a habit to check all exterior doors and windows before leaving for the night. Even if you know it was closed and locked earlier in the day, check it again when securing the building for the night.
  3. Keep your windows clear. Arrange your window displays so they do not obstruct the view into and out of the business.
  4. Indoor lighting should be located towards the rear of the premises, so an intruder’s silhouette will be visible from the street.
  5. If you lose your keys, report it immediately to your boss.
  6. Keep valuables out of sight. Secure them in a locked cabinet, desk, or closet if possible.

The Lansing Police Department has no specific information to share about the recent burglaries, but they are “working hard” to solve those cases.

People with information or questions can contact the police at the non-emergency phone number:

  • 708-895-7150

The Lansing Police Department is located at 2710 E 170th St, Lansing, Illinois.

The Lansing Police Department is located at 2710 E 170th Street in Lansing, Illinois. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

The Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce provides networking and learning opportunities for organizations in Lansing and surrounding communities. Contact Director Amy Todd for information about membership and upcoming events:

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2 thoughts on “Lansing Police Department offers advice to local businesses following recent burglaries”

  1. I RECENTLY VISITED A BIZ ON RIDGE ROAD THAT WAS ROBBED. I ASKED WHY THE FRONT DOOR WAS NOT LOCKED OR HAD A DEVICE TO BUZZ THE CUSTOMERS INTO THE SHOP.
    RESPONSE BY OWNER WAS THE VILLAGE DID NOT WANT THIS & ALL CUSTOMERS SHOULD BE ALLOWED FREE ACCESS.
    IF THIS IS TRUE, THE VILLAGE IS PROMOTING A PROBLEM.

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  2. This is only the beginning. The Village is actively working to create a viable profit from marijuana and gambling which will draw more people to the town looking to score. Time to vote for a change.

    Reply

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