Palatine police received a report about 3:41 PM Wednesday of a residential burglary in the block of 1500 Lake Louise Drive Palatine, IL. Police received a report that an unknown offender or offenders burglarized a home — gaining access by unknown means — and took several items, including a Dell laptop computer (valued at $1000), an Acer computer (valued at $1000), two diamond rings (total value of $8000), and a Google Nexus tablet (valued at $250). The diamond rings were removed from a dresser drawer.
The home’s alarm system was not armed at the time of the burglary.
The crime is reported to have occurred last Wednesday, August 21, 2013 between 9:00 a.m. and 3:40 p.m.
Palatine police police released information on the crime on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.
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 of public safety scanning radios — with no known negative results locally.
The delayed knowledge or entirely blacked out knowledge resulting from 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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