Summer is the peak time of year for door to door sales. While some
solicitors are authorized and legitimate, many are not. The Winnetka Police
Department encourages all residents to take some basic precautions when
dealing with unknown solicitors.
When someone knocks at your door, don’t open it unless you know your
visitor. View the person through a door viewer or window. Ask who they are
and what they want. If the person is a sales representative, ask to see
identification and their solicitors permit. A legitimate solicitor will have a
Village of Winnetka permit. Have the person slip their credentials through
the mail slot or view them through the window or door viewer. If you
choose to conduct business with a legitimate sales representative, limit the
amount of personal information you provide. Never provide a social
security or bank debit card number.
If the solicitor does not have a permit or refuses to provide identification, do
not open the door and advise them you are not interested in their sales
presentation. If you have concerns or questions on the legitimacy of a
permit, contact the Winnetka Police Department to verify the identity of the
individual and the organization they purport to represent. If the solicitor
becomes belligerent, tell him/her to leave your property and call the police.
Call the Winnetka Police Department non-emergency line at 847-501-6034
for permit inquires and general questions.
Call 911 immediately to report
suspicious person(s) and activities. This includes a solicitor who refuses to
leave your property or has become hostile or threatening.
The Winnetka Police Department Crime Prevention Unit offers free security
surveys. Upon request, an officer will conduct a survey of your home and
make recommendations on how you can make the building more secure
and reduce the opportunity of becoming the victim of a crime. For more
information or to schedule a survey please contact Sergeant Marc
Hornstein at 847-716-3409.
Burglaries and Thefts from Autos are Growing Problems on the North Shore
In three out of four car burglaries reported to the Winnetka Police Department, the vehicles had been left unlocked.
Theft is a costly crime. It results in loss not only for those whose property is
stolen but also for the entire community since expensive police resources must
be dedicated to investigating it. This crime can be prevented!
What you can do:
- Ensure that your vehicle is locked after you park, even if it is
parked in your own driveway or in your garage.
- Remove all valuables from your vehicle, including purses, wallets, cell
phones, and portable electronic devices. Never leave keys in a parked
- Keep the outside of your home well lighted at night, including the garage
- Be observant and call 911 immediately to report any suspicious activity
to the Winnetka Police Department.
Auto thefts and burglaries of autos are often "crimes of
opportunity." The Winnetka Police Department frequently receives reports of
money or other items, often left in open view, stolen from unlocked vehicles.
Many times these crimes are committed by individuals who just happen to be
passing by and can't resist the temptation to take something that is easily
within their reach. Valuables should never be left in view inside of a vehicle.
Taking simple, common-sense precautions will help to reduce the number of
thefts that are committed in Winnetka. Minimizing the opportunity for these
types of crimes to be committed will help keep our community a safe and secure