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This was a robocall everyone on the Orland Park Village Board could support.
Trustee Cynthia Nelson Katsenes thanked the Orland Park Police Department and Chief Tim McCarthy on Feb. 3 during a regular board meeting for an automated phone call that went out a few days prior to the meeting that reminded residents to be vigilant about locking their automobiles at night.
This comes after several communities in the suburbs have been victimized by car burglaries and thefts.
“They always tell you [9 p.m.] is the routine [to lock your car],” Katsenes said. “And if you see something, say something.”
Meanwhile, McCarthy said the school districts are working with the police department to send out phone calls to remind residents of the same message, including Consolidated High School District 230. He said the fire protection district is helping, as well.
“For a week, all of our surrounding departments are putting up information,” McCarthy said. “Simply lock your cars, because there are people out there, and it takes them all of about 2 or 3 seconds to try and get into your car, take your valuables, take your car if you happen to be one of those [people] who leaves your car keys in it, and they will also take your garage door opener and open your garage and go into your garage. We’ve had one occasion where they went into a house.”
McCarthy also asked for the residents to help.
“These [crimes] are totally and completely preventable,” he said. “With a little bit of help from our residents, we’ll end this as we have other crime issues in the past.”
Mayor Keith Pekau said the automated calls sent out by the police is part of a plan by the Village to be proactive in identifying an issue happening not only in Orland Park but also surrounding southwest suburban communities. But he also pointed out that crime statistics from the past two years show Orland Park as being a safe community.
“In 2018, our crime was the lowest number of crimes we’ve had in 25 years,” Pekau said. “Then, in 2019, last year, they were down another 6 percent. So, it’s not because we are having some inordinate amount of crime that is higher than what we’ve seen in the past. But this is one particular area where we know we are having issues, and we want to be proactive with it. As the chief said, it’s completely preventable.”
Earlier in the meeting, trustees voted 6-0 to spend $390,000 on Sensus water meters from Core & Main of Mokena. Trustee James Dodge was absent.
“This is a budgeted amount, so we purchase whatever we can up to that budgeted amount,” Pekau said.
The water meter replacement program started in 2013 to install meters that can be read from Village facilities and replace some of the old meters that were not reading water levels accurately.
The Village Board voted 6-0 in a series of votes to approve appointments of: Matthew Ward to the Economic Development Advisory Board; Erin Barry to the Recreation Advisory Board; Kevin Callozzo to the Museum Advisory Board; Donald Guisinger to the Open Lands Fund Commission; John J. Matusik to the Technology Commission; and Brian Weaver to the Zoning Board of Appeals.