The Evanston Police Department would like to remind home owners that the summer time brings an increase in burglaries and associated crimes of opportunity.

Unfortunately, many people adjust to hot weather conditions by leaving their windows open and unsecured. While understandable, that practice allows for unauthorized entry, increasing burglaries, home invasions and other crimes. The Evanston Police Department suggests that homeowners take advantage of the following security suggestions.

Pinning Windows

Security of double-hung windows can be increased by drilling a single hole through the side rail of the lower sash and drilling one or more additional holes part-way through the side rail of the top sash. Align the windows so two holes line up. Insert a nail, screw or other mental object into the two holes and the window is secured.


Lighting one’s property provides a huge deterrent to crime. Police suggest that homeowners install lighting on all sides of their homes, this including the garage side that faces the alley. The lighting should be at a height that projects the widest possible illumination pattern.

Securing Doors

Pry guards are an inexpensive way to secure most doors. Many hardware and security stores carry these guards which are easy to install. Another aspect that should be considered is securing the interior door frame. This can be accomplished by countersinking screws into the lock side door frame, which then extend into the door’s interior wood side headers. Deadbolts locks with interior twist knobs are also suggested.

While on Vacation

When the house is left unattended for extended periods of time, the following security tips are suggested. Keep your property well maintained. Rake leaves, cut grass and have lights on timers. Stop mail, newspaper deliveries and divert special package deliveries. Have a family member check on the property.

Neighbors working together

The Evanston Police Department has a long history of promoting and establishing Neighborhood Watches throughout Evanston. These formalized groups of concerned neighbors have consistently been successful in improving the security within their neighborhoods. Increased awareness through training, combined with residents enacting creative solutions to address specific area problems, has directly lead to the stability of many neighborhoods.

Security Surveys

The Evanston Police Department offers free security surveys for Evanston residents and businesses. If interested in obtaining a survey please contact the crime prevention bureau at 847-866-5019.

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