Palatine police received a report about 8:01 AM Wednesday of a vehicle burglary at Colfax Storage, 509 West Colfax Street Palatine, IL. Police received a report that an unknown offender or offenders burglarized two trucks.
Unknown offender(s) entered two white 1995 Chevy Trucks and removed several items. Taken were two Alpine stereos and a “Stihl” chainsaw which were in plain view. Total value of the items is $1,050. There were no signs of forced entry on either vehicle.
The crime is reported to have occurred between 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 and 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday September 18, 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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