Glen Ellyn Sees Rise In Car Burglaries, After 2018 Decline

Bernie Tafoya
January 09, 2019 - 1:49 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A western suburb that saw a sharp drop in car burglaries last year is seeing a big spike in them in the early days of 2019.

Glen Ellyn Deputy Police Chief Kurt Vavra said that, in all of 2018, there were 48 vehicle break-ins in his village. Already this year, he said, there have been 10.  In each case this year, the cars were unlocked. 

Police reports indicate the thieves mostly took change, although in one case 70 dollars was stolen. 

Glen Ellyn had 104 vehicle break-ins in 2017, but saw a nearly 54 percent reduction to 48 car break-ins last year. 

Deputy Chief Vavra said that, last year, police used Facebook, the village's newsletter and an electronic media board near the main business district to get out the word to owners that they need to lock their cars.

Three weeks ago, on Dec. 19, Glen Ellyn police put another toe in social media and opened a Twitter account, @GlenEllynpolice. It's first tweet read: "Breaking news! Glen Ellyn Police discover Twitter after 12 years."

Deputy Chief Vavra said locking your vehicle's door goes a long way to keep from being burglaries. He sids that, in 2017, 95 of the 104 vehicles burglarized had not been locked. Last year, 34 of the 48 cars burglarized had been unlocked.