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Naperville Police Announce ‘Lock It or Lose It’ Campaign

Residents and visitors encouraged to take steps to prevent motor vehicle burglary.

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As temperatures rise each summer, so do the number of motor vehicle burglaries committed in our town. In fact, burglary to motor vehicle is one of the most common crimes in Naperville and occurs when someone unlawfully enters a vehicle to commit a theft.

This felony offense occurs throughout all of Naperville and surrounding areas, but it is also one of the easiest crimes to prevent. Statistics show that over the past two years, nearly 90% of the motor vehicles burglarized in Naperville were unlocked.

With that information in mind, this summer, the Naperville Police Department is asking those who live, work and visit Naperville to “Lock It or Lose It.” By increasing awareness of this simple, proactive step anyone can take, we hope to save motorists the hassle and pain of being victimized in this manner and significantly reduce the number of burglaries in Naperville this year.

“There is no cure-all for criminal activity, and even a town with as outstanding of a reputation as Naperville has some crime. We have to work together to prevent it,” said Naperville Police Chief Robert Marshall. “With this campaign, we hope to remind residents and visitors that the simple act of locking your car will undoubtedly decrease the odds of you becoming a victim of motor vehicle burglary.”

Please remember to lock your car before you lose any of your possessions.


About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at www.naperville.il.us.