by 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:
- Install exterior lighting around the business, and make sure it is actually turned on after dark. Lighting is a deterrent to burglary.
- 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.
- Keep your windows clear. Arrange your window displays so they do not obstruct the view into and out of the business.
- Indoor lighting should be located towards the rear of the premises, so an intruder’s silhouette will be visible from the street.
- If you lose your keys, report it immediately to your boss.
- 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:
The Lansing Police Department is located at 2710 E 170th St, Lansing, Illinois.
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: