The Crime Prevention Section is a unit of the Support Services Division of the Police Department. The Crime Prevention Section is committed to establishing positive community relations through development, implementation and perpetuation of comprehensive proactive crime prevention programs.
Crime Prevention Officers hold membership in the Illinois Crime Prevention Association (ICPA) and the DARE Officers Association. The Crime Prevention Section maintains an active role in community interest groups and civic organizations with an emphasis on the positive exchange of police and citizen concerns. Some of these groups and organizations include the Greater O’Hare Association of Industry and Commerce, Kiwanis Club, Lions Club, Lioness Club, Rotary Club, VFW, senior citizens clubs and the local cable Channel 6.
Crime Free Multi-Housing - Officers have on-going contact with owners of multi-
housing units to discuss problems and concerns.
Elk Grove Village wants to assist landlords renting single-family homes. Some tips we have
for rental property owners are found below:
Thoroughly screen each applicant's credit, criminal history, and previous residences (also on credit report). There may be a fee for these services. The State Police has a useful website for criminal background checks. For credit checks you may utilize: Experian, Transunion.
Only allow persons listed on the rental agreement to occupy the rental property.
Periodically conduct unannounced visits to your rental unit to see who is living there.
Make it clear that drugs and illegal activity will not be tolerated.
Share your name and telephone number with neighbors of the rental home. They are eyes and ears for you. Have tenants address neighbor complaints. Encourage neighbors to phone you to report minor problems before they become major issues.
Keep buildings in good repair. Please make sure heat, electric, water, and sewer function properly. Code violations must be fixed as soon as possible. Tell the residents you will be conducting periodic inspections of the rental property. Have appropriate lighting for the property. It's the cheapest way to deter crime.
Verify that the tenant pays the water deposit. Prior to the release of the security deposit, verify that final water bill has been paid. You as the owner are held responsible for outstanding water bills. Utility Billing can be reached at (847) 357-4060.
Crime Prevention Section of the Elk Grove Village Police Department:
Officer Ed Thomas (847) 357-4151