Thursday, July 05, 2007
Information on Crime Reports
Q:Recently there was a notice in the Tribune about a rape that occured near Frances & Wayne. I work in the very close vicinity (within a block) with an office of mostly women. We are without a doubt very nervous about our working situation. Often times there is a purse-snatcher walking in our building stealing purses and there was recently a break-in. My questions are:

1)How do we go about accessing detailed information about the rape that took place. We would like to know if was random, which house it was, etc.

2) Can we request more police patrol in the vicinity due to the increase in crime? Is it appropriate to call the police to investigate a suspicious person walking around?

A: In answer to your questions detailed information of a police report is generally not made available to the general public, especially in cases of criminal investigation, due to often sensitive information that is contained within the report.

As for additional police patrols, information on crimes, especially violent or dangerous ones, is dessiminated to the officers in that area during roll calls. Extra patrols are often made at the discretion of shift commanders dependent upon the incident, and if an increase in a certain crime or crime pattern is noted. If you do see suspicious behavior, please contact us to report at 235-9201 if it is a non emergency.


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