Theft of Copper Piping from Air Conditioning Unit in Buffalo Grove

Buffalo Grove police received a report about 9:01 PM Thursday of a theft at an address they did not disclose in Buffalo Grove, IL. Police received a report that an unknown offender or offenders removed copper piping from an air conditioning unit.

The crime is reported to have occurred between Wednesday July 17, 2013 at 11:00 p.m. and Thursday July 18, 2013 at 9:00 p.m.

Cardinal Note: As of June 5, 2013 — up to and including the date of this article — police incidents related to the above police agency are not reported in real time or within a prompt time period. Police protecting their realm of investigation and police activity, have chosen to use encrypted radios to withhold their police communications, which were previously open to the public and news media via monitoring public safety scanning radios — with no known negative results locally.

The delayed knowledge or entirely blacked out knowledge made possible by encrypted police communications may protect certain police operations and investigations, but it also puts the public at risk in situations such as when armed and dangerous offenders are at large and other similar situations. In other cases, the delayed or blacked out information inhibits or prohibits the possibility of the public providing early witness accounts before a criminal trail goes cold. Citizens are much more likely to recognize or recall suspicious or criminal activity if they are aware of the criminal incident within minutes or hours of its occurrence. The most serious incident involving dire results would be a trail that is allowed to go cold in the case of child abduction.

The lack of real time information from public police dispatch also weakens an effective neighborhood watch program mostly working to prevent property loss, but also preventing possible violent crimes.

Police have alternate ways to transmit tactical, operational or investigative information, while still keeping their main public dispatch channels open for the best balance of public safety and police safety.


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