Crime Prevention Month

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October is National Crime Prevention month, and the Naperville Police Department is incorporating that into its “A Safer Naper” campaign, along with an old friend.

“And I’ve brought along with me McGruff to help me get the word out, because education is our number one defense against crime,” said Crime Prevention Specialist Mary Browning.

The NPD and McGruff are highlighting programs aimed at reducing crime like burglary prevention, identity theft security, and lock it or lose it.

“That one really is a yearlong campaign because we are still having burglaries to motor vehicles because people aren’t heeding our advice,” said Browning. “So crime prevention month is the perfect month to once again remind residents that they too are responsible for their safety and to help us keep them crime free.”

Since the start of this year, almost one out of five reported crimes in Naperville were burglaries from motor vehicles and 91 percent of those were from unlocked cars.

They’re also highlighting the public safety incident map, which is available through the city’s new open data portal at

Hopefully this latest reminder will help Naperville residents take a bite out of crime.

Naperville News 17’s Casey Krajewski reports.