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Crime Prevention

Crime prevention initiatives reduce or eliminate the risk of crime.  Each and every resident is responsible for preventing crimes.  Crime prevention takes on many forms including: police officers patroling your neighborhood, closing your garage door, and contacting the Police Department if you observe suspicious behavior.  To be successful, crime prevention must be a partnership between the Police Department and the community.

CrimeReports™

CrimeReports™ provides timely data from the Oak Forest Police Department's records system regarding burglaries, auto thefts, traffic crashes, sex offender listings, and other criminal activity.  The general public can access and browse crime information as shown on a map from any computer or mobile device.  The Web-based program is designed to make residents more aware of crime trends in the city and to gain their help in preventing crime.  Although Oak Forest is a relatively low-crime community, the Police Department is committed to doing everything it can to provide for a safer and more informed community.  View Oak Forest crime map.   

Neighborhood Watch is a good example of a crime prevention initiative that helps foster awareness and citizen involvement.  In Oak Forest, Neighborhood Watch is coordinated by the police department and the Crime Prevention Commission.     

Crime Prevention Triangle
The Police Department uses the Crime Prevention Triangle, a concept that states that in order for a crime to occur, all three of the triangle's elements - desire, ability and opportunity - must exist.  If we can eliminate any one of these elements, a crime has not occurred.  Let's take a quick look at each of these elements.

The desire of a criminal to commit a crime.  We, as citizens, cannot effect or remove a criminals desire to commit a crime. If someone really wants to commit a crime he or she will.

The criminal's ability to commit a crime.  We cannot effect the ability of a criminal to commit a crime. He or she will find a way.  He or she can be thousands of miles away, use telephones, or the Internet. Not even physical impairment will stop some individuals from committing crimes.

The criminal's opportunity to commit crimes.  This is where we can take action to prevent crime. By removing the opportunity for crime to occur, we have broken the Crime Prevention Triangle.  How do we do this? By practicing the techniques learned at Neighborhood Watch meetings.

Oak Forest Crime Prevention Statistics
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Links of Interest
McGruff SafeGuard: Take a Bite out of Internet Danger
Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids about Being Online
Smishing and Vishing: Another scam to look out for this holiday

For more information, contact the Crime Prevention Commission
708-687-4050, ext. 1603
crimeprevention@oak-forest.org