Evanston police say residents could dramatically reduce the number of thefts and burglaries if they’d just just lock their doors and windows.

Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott says “a high volume of reported burglaries and thefts occur without any forced entry.”

“Doors and windows are often left unlocked, allowing easy access for criminals,” he added.

Parrott also suggests trimming shrubs and bushes to provide a clear view of windows and using motion detector lights near doorways and overhead garage doors at night.

And, he says, items like purses, cell phones and laptop computers are most often stolen during grocery shopping or while at a coffee shop. “Don’t leave those items unattended for any time at all,” Parrott says.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. The town should have the

    The town should have the owners of these vacant buildings to add detector lights and trim their bushes. 

    I live next to one and alone. Someone could stand in the between the houses and not be seen.  

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