Community Meetings Resume At Rec Center
By DIANE TURNER-HURNS
Journal & Topics Reporter
There was good news in relation to local safety statistics presented at Thursday’s (Jan. 26) Rosemont Public Safety community meeting at the Rosemont Recreation Center on Barry Street.
Overall, traffic crashes are down, but larceny thefts are up in the village.
This was the first of the department’s monthly community meetings for 2017, usually held the last Thursday of the month. The meetings began last spring and focus on reviewing crime statistics to hearing concerns and suggestions from residents.
With just a couple of people in attendance at the 7 p.m. meeting, safety officers shared several statistics.
Felony thefts are up so far this year in Rosemont. As of Jan. 27, there had been 22 thefts reported, most occurring at the Fashion Outlets Mall, police said. Sixteen felony thefts were reported in January 2016.
Traffic crashes in the village are down so far this year. As of Jan. 27, there had been 55 traffic crashes reported compared with 66 in January 2016. No traffic fatalities were reported.
“We have seen a drop in traffic crashes so far this year from last year, but an uptick in thefts, especially at the mall,” Rosemont Detective Joseph Balogh said.
Balogh provided crime statistics for 2016 and for January 2017 for the area around the recreation center, which stretches from Touhy Avenue to Allstate Arena on Lunt Avenue and from Barry Street to Chestnut Street:
In January 2016 there were 29 domestic violence calls and two as of Jan. 26;
20 suspicious person calls in 2016 and 0 in 2017;
93 parking complaints in 2016 and three in 2017;
seven juvenile complaints in 2016 and 0 in 2017;
19 disturbance calls in 2016 and 0 in 2017;
51 noise complaints in 2016 and 0 in 2017;
nine well-being checks in 2016 and two in 2017;
and 29 property damage calls in 2016 and two in 2017.
As the meeting drew to a close, police said a domestic battery incident occurred that night on Ann Court between a mother-in-law and her son-in-law. Police said there were no charges filed and no complaints signed.
Rosemont Public Safety Chief Donald E. Stephens III said he hopes more residents participate in the next meeting as community input is important to the department.
The department’s community affairs division has also met with village hotels, restaurants and businesses as part of their outreach efforts.
“So far we’ve had great feedback and are pleased to continue our ongoing lines of communication with local hotels and businesses, so they know where to turn to at any time when they need public safety assistance or have suggestions,” Lt. Julio Alvarado, head of the division, told the Journal.