Schaumburg police responded about 9:50 PM Tuesday to an armed robbery at Atcher Park near Syracuse Lane and Slingerland Drive Schaumburg, IL. Police received a report that a 36-year old male resident of Schaumburg was with his children playing in the west end of Atcher Park. Around 9:45p.m. the victim was approached by a suspect (#1 of three) who asked if he could use the victim’s cellphone. The suspect then displayed a handgun and told the victim and children to get on the ground. The suspect then took the victim’s car keys and fled with two other individuals in the victim’s vehicle which was parked nearby. The victim and children were not injured and they all ran to a nearby home to call the police. The victim’s vehicle was discovered abandoned a short time later in Roselle.
Suspect #1 was described as a male/black 16-20 years-old 5’08” wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.
An accomplice, Suspect #2, was described as a male/black 16-20 years-old, 5’10” unknown build.
An accomplice, Suspect #3, was described as a male/unknown race,16-20 years-old, unknown heights and build.
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 when other similar situations occur. 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 working to prevent 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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