Police Department - Crime Prevention/Community Relations Unit

The Crime Prevention/Community Relations Unit remains active in its efforts to disseminate information to the public regarding personal safety and the prevention of crime.


Official Skokie Public Safety Bulletin
The Village maintains an Official Skokie Public Safety Bulletin that provides information on crime and public safety in the community. The Bulletin is:

  • Timely – reported within a few days after the incident
  • Accurate – information taken directly from Police incident reports
  • Factual – street addresses, crime locations and other details will be included to the extent possible
  • Educational – information you can use to stay informed about public safety and to protect yourself, your loved ones, your home/property and the community.

The bulletin is updated nearly every weekday and provides the community with information about crimes committed in the community, criminal investigations, comments received from the community and public safety tips. Click here to view the bulletin.


Text-A-Tip

Individuals can send the Skokie Police Department anonymous tips about criminal activity in three easy ways: via text messages, through a mobile app and on the web.  Key features include anonymous two-way interaction between the tipster and the Skokie Police Department and the ability to attach images to tips. Find out more by clicking here.


Neighborhood Integrity Program

Click here for more information on the Residential Rental Unit and Neighborhood Integrity Initiative.


Citizens Police Academy

The Citizens Police Academy offers citizens a unique opportunity by gaining insight into their Police Department. The 12-week course is usually held once per year.

Classes include topics such as investigations, canine unit and drugs and gangs. The program is a mix of instructional and role-playing activities which provide the citizen with a realistic understanding of police work in the community. There is no cost to citizens. For more information on the next Citizen's Police Academy please contact the Skokie Police Department's Crime Prevention/Community Relations Unit at crime.prevention@skokie.org or at 847/982-5919. 


Presentations and Special Events
Group meetings within the Village of Skokie, including business associations, youth groups and senior organizations, are provided the opportunity to have an Officer speak about crime prevention topics of interest. Some subjects covered include personal safety and general crime prevention, identity theft, bank robbery and gang awareness.


Informational Brochures
The Crime Prevention/Community Relations Unit offers a variety of information brochures for Skokie residents including the following:

 

School Safety and "Officer Friendly"
The Skokie Police Department School Safety Programs are presented to children in kindergarten through 3rd grade. The main goal of the program is to build and develop a trusting relationship between police officers and children. Further, "Officer Friendly" educates young people on the following law enforcement related topics:

  • Stranger Danger
  • HomeAlone
  • Decision Making Skills
  • Learning address/telephone#, calling 9-1-1
  • Self-Esteem Building

School Safety programs are administered by the "Officer Friendly," beginning with kindergarten. Sessions last up to 30 minutes and are age-appropriate. For example, kindergartners learn about calling 9-1-1 and what to do in case they are lost. In first grade, stranger danger is emphasized. 

On some occasions, sessions designed for high school level students are offered to deal with relevant information for students who are in drivers' education programs. State of Illinois laws are reviewed and students are taught to understand that having a driver's license is a privilege.


Neighborhood Watch 

This program adheres to simple philosophies; "neighbors watching out for neighbors," and communicating with each other.  The program originated in 1982 with small groups of citizens or blocks of neighbors who simply watched out for each others well being.  These small groups have grown into today's Neighborhood Watch Program, which includes over 200 blocks and more than 6,600 participants.  The program continues to grow as more and more citizens continue to communicate and demonstrate concern for their neighbors and neighborhoods.   To qualify for the Neighborhood Watch Program, more than 50% of the block residents must wish to participate.  Once 50% of the block residents volunteer to participate, an organizational meeting is scheduled to coordinate and explain the program, in addition to selecting a block captain from among the volunteers.   

Once established, there are social benefits of the program as well.  Not only does a Neighborhood Watch provide raised neighborhood awareness, enhance sense of community and cooperation, and increased person-to-person neighbor interaction, but gives members a sense of belonging and offers the opportunity to contribute to the greater good, a safe and healthy community.   

The neighborhood and the community greatly benefit through participation in the Neighborhood Watch Program.  The Skokie Police Department asks that any person interested in the program to please contact the Crime Prevention/Community Relations Unit at 847/982-5919.

Four times a year, the Department publishes a Neighborhood Watch Newsletter. The newsletter generally addresses a seasonal topic, such as "Halloween Safety" in the fall. Click on a link below to download a copy of the latest Neighborhood Watch Newsletter or review an older publication.

Communication between neighbors is the best way to know when something is wrong in the neighborhood and should be reported to the police. Call the police anytime something appears to be out of place in your area.


Security Surveys
Security Surveys cover home safety, house and business alarms, locking systems, lighting and parking issues. An officer will check a number of security factors and also will make recommendations about the interior of the building, such as ways to improve security of doors and windows. If you are interested in scheduling a Security Survey, please contact the Crime Prevention/Community Relations Unit at 847/982-5919. 


Nixle Community Information Service
Nixle is a Community Information Service dedicated to helping you stay connected to the information that matters most to you, depending on your physical location.  Information is immediately available over your cell phone by text message, by email, and over the web. Your account can be customized so you receive the information that matters most to you. Whether it is where you live, work, or have friends or family throughout the country, the information is immediately available to you over your mobile phone, email and computer.  For information on how to create and or change your account please click here.


Six Tips to Be a Good Neighbor

Everyone knows that one of the most important factors in shaping a rental experience is the actual physical home itself. However, what many people don’t realize before they move into a new rental home is that neighbors can be just as important and influential to the living experience.

One of the keys to having a good experience with your neighbors is to be a good neighbor yourself. Want to know more about how to get along and befriend the people around you? Check out these six tips. They can help you be sure that you’re not only respected by the people who live nearby, but are also looked after by them, too.

  1. Communicate 
    One of the keys to any relationship—but particularly the neighborly kind—is communication. It may be tempting to leave your neighbor be and stick to yourself, but if you want to be a good neighbor, it’s important to communicate from the get-go.

    Introduce yourself right after you move in; then continue to say “hello” when you run into one another. Some other important things to communicate about are problems with the building, times you’ll be away from your home, or any other problems you might have with them.


    By communicating with neighbors, you not only show them that you are a nice person who can be trusted, you also create an ally in your living space. Maybe you’ll even make a new friend.
     
  2. Be Social
    Another great way to establish communication (and also establish yourself as friendly person) is to be a social person. Organize a potluck or picnic for everyone that lives in your building or neighborhood. You can show your neighbors that not only do you want to know them, but you also want them to know each other, and that you’re interested in fostering a community where you live.
     
  3. Be on the Lookout
    One of the best parts about a neighbor is that they can be around your home to help you out when needed, so you should be there for your neighbor, too. Always keep watch and be protective of your neighbors’ homes, as well as your own.

    This means that should something bad happen, you’ll be able to stop it or fix it so they won’t have to. Showing that you care about their space as well as yours is an excellent way to endear yourself to neighbors and to ensure you have someone looking out for your place and belongings as well.
     
  4. Be Respectful
    Everyone wants to live their own life, but it’s important to be respectful of other peoples’ time and space, particularly when you’re sharing a living area like an apartment complex. That means don’t have loud parties late at night and warn people who will be affected by noise from your home if you are planning to have a loud gathering.

    Also, being respectful entails being mindful of shared walls, keeping your outdoor/shared space clean, and not using your space for anything dangerous or unpleasant.
     
  5. Do Favors
    It doesn’t have to be an everyday thing, but every once in a while you should do a generous favor for your neighbor. Putting out a little energy to do something nice will show that you’re a generous and considerate person, and it may just end up in favors being done for you.
     
  6. Train Your Pets
    Pets can be great additions to life, but they can also be a nuisance to other people. So, for your neighbors’ sake, train your dog. Your pets shouldn’t be noisy, and they should know only to go to the bathroom in designated spots. This is a good way to ensure your neighbor loves your pet and doesn’t resent him.

Article by Niccole Schreck, October 2014, ApartmentGuide.com