LAKE FOREST — An increase in residential burglaries since Sept. 1 prompted Lake Forest Police Department officials to advise residents about precautionary measures to reduce the probability of a break-in.
There have been four residential burglaries and one foiled attempt in the past six weeks, according to Lake Forest Deputy Police Chief Karl Walldorf. He said the citywide average is 1.5 a month and the highest number since January when five were reported.
“This tends to run in spurts,” Walldorf said. “It usually happens when a door is left unlocked or a door is forced open.”
Other area police departments said there was no increased residential burglary activity since September in Lake Bluff, Highland Park, Deerfield or Bannockburn, which leaves some of them holding their breath.
“I’m knocking on wood,” Bannockburn Police Chief Ron Price said. “We haven’t had any all summer.”
Lake Bluff Deputy Police Chief Mike Hosking said he had heard about two break-ins in the Knollwood area off Waukegan Road but had no details. That unincorporated area is patrolled by police from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, which did not return calls before publication of this story.
In addition to the four burglaries last month, Lake Forest police arrested Jessica S. Nunn, 40, of Waukegan on Oct. 6 for felony criminal trespass to a residence in the 0 block of North Ahwahnee Road, according to the Lake Forest police reports.
“The resident came in and interrupted her. She fled,” Walldorf said. He said the trespass charge was filed rather than attempted burglary after discussions with the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Two of the burglaries occurred Sept. 30, Walldorf said. One was in the 200 block of Savanna Court and the other in the 1100 block of Keswick Lane, approximately two miles apart near Waukegan Road.
A third break-in took place Sept. 10 in the 300 block of East Westminster in downtown Lake Forest, according to Walldorf. There was also a burglary Sept. 7 in the 0 block of South Ridge Road.
Walldorf said the best way to avoid a burglarized home was to keep the doors locked and security systems armed. He said many Lake Forest homes have alarms.
“It’s rare a burglar will break into a home and defeat the (security) system,” Walldorf said. “It’s very, very unlikely a home will be burglarized if people do that.”
Price said one of the main reasons Bannockburn has had so few burglaries, other than its small size, is the presence of security systems.
“Most of our homes are alarmed, our businesses too,” Price said.
In Highland Park, Deputy Chief Tim Wilinski said there has not been a burglary since Sept. 1 there, and Deerfield Deputy Chief Tom Keane said the same was true in Deerfield. Keane said there were three commercial burglaries in September in his village.