Crime Prevention

Crime Prevention Programs


One of the most important aspects of police work is crime prevention. Proactive crime prevention programs are a key focus of the Western Springs Police Department. We offer numerous programs and services to benefit the citizens and businesses of Western Springs.

Educational Talks


The department will meet with senior groups, community organizations, clubs, and neighborhood groups to discuss fraud and confidence crimes, elder abuse, identity theft, home and street safety, and other related topics.

Residential & Commercial Security Surveys


The crime prevention officer will visit your home or business and evaluate your need for additional security.

Neighborhood Watch


Neighborhood Watch is a program that enlists the active participation of residents in cooperation with law enforcement to reduce crime, solve problems, and improve the quality of life in your neighborhood. Contact Deputy Chief Brian Budds at 708-246-8540 to find out if there is an active watch group in your area or learn how to start one.

Night Watch Program


Patrol officers conduct a security check of random businesses on a daily basis. When the department finds a door to a business open after normal business hours, a Business Crime Prevention Letter is sent to the business owner providing them with practical crime prevention tips to combat criminal activity such as theft, fraud, robberies, and mischief.

Home Security Door Hangers Program


Patrol officers conduct a security check of random residences. If you receive a form on your door, it does not mean there is any problem in your area. Our officers are asked to leave them in their patrol area. It is a courtesy service we do to point out any deficiencies that may exist.

Stop Car Burglaries


Vehicle owners are informed of the vulnerability of losing personal property that is in sight in their vehicle and to offer remedies to help safeguard them from becoming crime victims.

Vacation Check Request


Residents may notify the department that they will be out of town and provide the department with contact information should officers observe a problem at the residence. Fill out the request form online or at the Police Department.

Station Tours


Station tours are available to any interested groups and can be adapted to the age and interests of each group.