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Recent Burglaries: Nearby Neighborhood Residences

July 3, 2013

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MACOMB, IL -- Western Illinois University Director of Public Safety Scott Harris has issued a notice to students regarding recent burglaries from nearby neighborhood residences.

Within the past week, four homes were broken into during the evening hours near the 300 block of North Charles Street. Individuals with information on these recent burglaries should call Macomb Police at (309) 833-4505, Public Safety at (309) 298-1949 or Crime Stoppers at 836-3222. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online at or by texting CRIMESTOP plus your tip to CRIMES (274637).

Harris reminds students to guard personal property by locking their vehicles and their rooms/homes. Students also should be observant of suspicious behavior and report anything out of the ordinary to the Office of Public Safety (on campus) or the Macomb Police Department (off campus).

To help combat burglaries, the Macomb Police Department encourages individuals to take part in its Operation Identification burglary-prevention program. According to MPD, the Operation ID program involves marking property with an identifying number as a means of discouraging burglary and theft and provides a way for police to identify recovered stolen property.

The two basic components of Operation ID include:
• So that your property can be easily traced and identified, engrave your valuables with your driver's license number (engrave in two locations, in an area that can be easily seen and in one that cannot be easily seen), and then take a photograph of your property and keep the photo in a secure place. (Electronic engravers can be purchased at hardware stores, or individuals can borrow an engraver from the Macomb Police Department's records section between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday).
• Display a sticker that tells would-be burglars that your property has been marked.

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