Community Awareness


The Community Awareness page was created by the Lyons Police Department Detective Division in order to advise the residents of current trends or incidents that are occurring within the Village or neighboring communities.  It is our intention to make Lyons a safe place to not only work, but reside.  Anyone needing additional information about the contents on this page please do not hesitate to contact the Detective Division at 708-447-1225.


  

 

Illinois Secretary of State

Emergency Contact Database 

 

The Illinois Secretary of State’s office established the Emergency Contact Database on July 1, 2009.  The database allows Illinois driver’s license and ID cardholders to enter emergency contact information into a voluntary, secure database.  In the event of a motor vehicle crash or other emergency situation when a person in unable to communicate directly, law enforcement may access the database to help them reach the person’s designated contacts.

 

For more information or to join the EMERGENCY CONTACT DATABASE, visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

 


GYPSY SCAMS

 

 

     “Working in OUR Area”

 

 

What YOU Need to Know!

 

                                                                                                               

 

 

Common rouses to gain entry into your HOME!

 

 Claiming to be an employee of: 

    • Building Department
    • Water Department
    • Nicor
    • Com Ed
    • Contractor (i.e. construction, tree service, fence installer, etc…)

The time of the month plays an important role in these types of scams…  These offender’s know when social security, pension, etc. checks are distributed – so they prey on the elderly!  

What YOU can do… 

  • If you are not sure of someone’s identity, do NOT open your door and immediately call 911!    
  • Even if they are claiming a medical emergency – DO NOT let them in your home!           
  • Tell your neighbors and friends of these scams and make them aware of the above and advise them of NOT opening their door. 

I.D. Cards… 

  • Do NOT be afraid to ASK to see an I.D. from ANYONE claiming to be an employee of the Village or those from a utility company! 
  • ALL Village of Lyons Employees HAVE Village issued Identification cards.  Anyone claiming to be an employee of the Village will be able to show an I.D. when asked.  

Anytime that someone is at your door and you are unsure or you think that something just does not make sense – Call the Lyons Police Department at 708-447-1225 or dial 911.

 


Federal Trade Commission

 

 

 

IDENTITY THEFT

 

                                                                                   

In the course of a busy day, you may write a check at the grocery store, charge tickets to a ball game, rent a car, mail your tax returns, change service providers for your cell phone, or apply for a credit card. Chances are you don’t give these everyday transactions a second thought. But an identity thief does. 

Identity theft is a serious crime. People whose identities have been stolen can spend months or years – and thousands of dollars – cleaning up the mess the thieves have made of a good name and credit record. In the meantime, victims of identity theft may lose job opportunities, be refused loans for education, housing, or cars, and even get arrested for crimes they didn't commit. Humiliation, anger, and frustration are among the feelings victims experience as they navigate the process of rescuing their identity. 

In cooperation with the Federal trade Commission, we are providing you this very important information to help you remedy the effects of an identity theft. It describes what steps to take, your legal rights, how to handle specific problems you may encounter on the way to clearing your name, and what to watch for in the future.

 

www.ftc.gov/idtheft 

 

                      

 


Lyons Police Department

 

 

 

Secure YOUR Property

 

 

In the past several months, we have experienced an influx of thefts, mainly bicycles and other property, that was left out in the open or in unlocked sheds, garages, and homes!

 

We are asking that all residents “SECURE YOUR PROPERTY.”  Please take the time to make sure that your home, garage and sheds are locked when unattended, as well as do not leave your property (i.e. bicycles) unattended in the front or rear of your property.

 

By following these simple steps, it will avoid you the loss of your property, which may or may not be covered by insurance.

 

Any questions regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact the police department at 708-447-1225.