The Steger Police Department recognizes your most important defense against crime is awareness. As we head into the holiday season crime often increases. We routinely look for ways to inform residents on how to protect themselves and their property from criminals. One of the fundamental ways to accomplish this task is through Neighborhood Watches. Neighborhood Watch is an effective crime prevention tool which involves the active participation of citizens in cooperation with law enforcement to reduce crime in their communities. It substantially reduces residential burglary and other crimes, because a good neighbor is one of the most effective crime prevention tools ever invented.
Neighborhood Watch involves:
- Neighbors getting to know each other and working together to maintain a system of surveillance over one another’s property, children, etc.
- Informing citizens how to recognize and report suspicious activities in progress accurately and immediately.
- Creating communication links between the community and the police through newsletters and crime prevention presentations.
- Posting signs and stickers, creating physical barriers and psychological barriers for criminals.
- Developing a partnership between the Steger Police Department and the residents of Steger.
Why Neighborhood Watch?
- There cannot be a police officer on every corner, so citizen involvement is essential to combat crime.
- You and your neighbors are the ones who really know what is going on in your community.
- By cooperating with each other and the police, people can help fight crime in their neighborhoods in the most effective way-before it begins!
Gather and Share Information
Talk to your neighbors! Knowing your neighbors’ basic habits and belongings will help you to recognize unusual or suspicious activities. Basic information you might exchange includes:
- Home and work phone numbers
- Number, ages and identity for family members
- Work hours
- School hours of children
- License plate numbers and types of automobiles
- Planed vacations or visitors
- Scheduled deliveries or repairs
- Any other helpful information
If a CRIME or SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY does occur…REPORT IT!
- Be suspicious. Report unusual or suspicious behavior to the police. Write down the description of the person(s) and license numbers of any vehicles involved.
- Sounds easy, but unfortunately a lot crimes go unreported. Information is the key to solving many crimes, and that information comes from you.
- Even an anonymous tip is better than no report at all. So don’t hesitate. Follow this rule: If you see something suspicious, call the police – fast – so the police can act – fast. The longer you wait, the harder it is to catch the criminal.
- Remember, your job is to REPORT crime. The responsibility for apprehending criminals belongs to the police.
“If you see something … say something.” Call 911
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There are many options to improving the water supply to the houses. We realize that just putting in a new water source will not correct all of our issues. It may in fact make some worse. So, we hired a company to make an assessment of our system. We need to know how water flows through our system, why we have pressure issues only in certain areas, why sediment builds up only in certain areas, why your water comes out rusty when your neighbor may have clear water and what type of pressure our system can take (other water sources have a different pressure which can create problems for us). This company is completing its report for the Will County side of Steger. Once that is done, we will do the same on the Cook County side. This information is critical to a permanent solution.
That said, even though the report is not complete, this company has made suggested changes during their testing which we are implementing now. We have been told that these changes will make some improvements while we complete the assessment.
We also know based on the assessment to date that the current cost of running our water system is not self sustaining. We have been running it at a deficit for years and if we are going to invest in needed improvements and make water quality changes, we need to raise rates so that it breaks even. I know this is not a popular decision. I hate the idea of raising rates for our citizens especially when I know there are problems. But, if we are going to be successful with tackling our water system issues, we need to change how we operate our system and we need our rates to reflect our true costs. If we do not, we will continue to operate as we always have which I feel is not the right answer. I want a better system for all of us.
The decision we have to make tonight will not be made lightly and the fact that some residents do not have water acceptable to them weighs on me.
Water rates in other nearby communities :
Sat, Nov 25 – Annual Santa Parade from 9am-5pm. Santa will ride around the Village of Steger to collect all non-perishable food and any donated new toys. Please leave all donated items at the edge of your driveway by 9am.
Sat, Nov 25 – Annual Christmas tree lighting at the Village of Steger’s “Miracle on 34th Street”. The tree lighting will take place at 6pm on Halsted Boulevard. Christmas trees can be purchased for $60 at Bambinos, first come, first served, with all proceeds going to Steger’s Chamber of Commerce. Santa will also be there, so be sure to stop by for a visit!!
Sun, Nov 26 – Annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa at the Fire Station from 7:00am until NOON. $5 donation for adults, $4 for Seniors and children 6-12. Bring your camera for pictures with Santa. Bake sale, cookie decorating, raffle, and more.
Sat, Dec. 16 – Annual Food and Toy basket distribution will take place. All food, toys & monetary donations will be accepted until Fri, Dec. 15. There will be donation drop-off bins at the Community Center, Steger/South Chicago Heights Library and Village Hall, all monetary donations can be sent to Village Hall!
5 Simple Safety Tips for “Trick or Treating” tonight.
Trick or treat hours within the Village of Steger are 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Parents and all residents need to be watchful tonight and report any suspicious people or activities.
- Stay with your kids wherever they go, or instruct the kids stay in groups.
- Know where the kids are going ahead of time and try to stick to neighborhoods you know are safe.
- Bring a flashlight and/or add some type of reflective material especially if the kids are wearing dark colored costumes, so drivers can see them.
- Make sure kids can see in their costume. Don’t run across streets without checking for cars.
- Check your kids candy before eating.
Have a safe Halloween!
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Trick Or Treat Hours will be on Tuesday, October 31 from 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Bonfire will start at 6:00pm on 10/31 at Veterans Memorial Park.