The Wood Dale Police Department is dedicated to providing the community with information regarding crimes that occur within the City. The main goal of crime analysis is to provide timely and pertinent crime information to the Patrol and Detective Division. Using this information, Detectives may set up surveillance on a problem location or officers may be deployed in a geographic area where certain types of crimes have increased.
Analysis of recent crimes may identify the specific M.O. (method of operation) of suspects in a crime series, linking them to other crimes, or determining the most likely time, day and location of the next target. The analysis may also identify factors that make some victims a more appealing target for crime, such as poor street lighting, vehicles left unlocked, or garage doors left open.
This information not only helps investigators solve crimes, but also assists the Training Unit by forecasting future training needs. The information assists the Patrol Division by providing needs for increased patrol, and assists the crime prevention officers by collecting information to be disseminated to community and neighborhood watch groups.
The below maps are broken down into crime categories. Although the time frame shown in this crime analysis is four months, the department continuously reviews incidents of crime to spot trends and disseminates that information to all members of the department.
Burglary to Motor Vehicle – A person commits burglary when without authority he knowingly enters or without authority remains within a house trailer, watercraft, aircraft, motor vehicle, railroad car, or any part thereof, with intent to commit therein a felony or theft. This type of crime may involve forced entry into a vehicle or entry into an unlocked vehicle with the intent to commit a theft. Cars that are left unlocked present a crime of opportunity for an offender. Residents are reminded to always keep their vehicles locked.
Burglary – this crime also involves entry into a business, residence, or garage without authority with the intent to commit a felony or theft. The entry may be forced, but it is also classified as a burglary if a garage door is left open or unlocked and a theft occurs from the garage or shed. Residents are reminded to always close their doors and lock sheds or other buildings on their property.
Thefts from Motor Vehicle – this type of theft may include items taken from the bed of a pickup truck or other items such as a spare tire, hubcaps or external accessories. Any items of value should be placed in a locked pickup box or in the locked part of the vehicle when possible.
Theft – a person commits a theft when they obtain or exert unauthorized control over property of the owner. This may include theft by an employee from a business, an unlocked bicycle taken by the offender, or even lawn ornaments taken from the yard of a residence.
DUI – operating a motor vehicle when under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 44 percent of fatalities in Illinois last year were alcohol related. The Wood Dale Police Department aggressively targets intoxicated drivers.
Aggravated Battery – there are several factors that may make a battery be classified as an aggravated battery. Some of these factors include use of a deadly weapon, great bodily harm to the victim, or the status of the victim. A battery to a teacher, school bus driver or police officer engaged in their official duties classifies the offense as an aggravated battery. Committing a battery at a public place of accommodation such as a hotel may also be classified as an aggravated battery. In addition, although domestic battery is not included as an aggravated battery when reporting to the state, we do track this in the crime analysis. It is a crime that is more serious than a simple battery and tracking these incidents closely will assist in developing violence prevention programs and informing officers where these crimes are occurring.
Crime Analysis Report Sept - Dec 2016
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Crime Analysis Report Sept - Dec 2015
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Crime Analysis Report Sept - Dec 2014
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Crime Analysis Report Sept - Dec 2013
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Crime Analysis Report Sept - Dec 2012