Mount Prospect police responded about 7:45 PM Tuesday to an armed robbery near a Hertz car rental office and a Currency Exchange, 905 East Rand Road Mount Prospect, IL. Police received a report that an armed robbery at a strip mall at 905 East Rand Road was committed by two male/black suspects that fled the scene, and are believed to be at large. No confirmation on which business at the strip mall was robbed or whether someone was robbed near the strip mall.
Two male black suspects: One of the male black suspects was described at 5’7″ with a thin build wearing earrings and a camouflage baseball cap.
At least one of the suspects was armed with a handgun. No vehicle description or direction of travel is available at this time.
The crime is reported to have occurred about 7:45 p.m.
Mount Prospect Police Department is one of a few police agencies in the northwest suburbs that has made an effort provide crime alerts and public safety alerts using social media.
LATEST TWEET AND FACEBOOK UPDATE FROM MOUNT PROSPECT POLICE JUST AFTER THE ARMED ROBBERY WITH SUSPECTS AT LARGE …
Facebook timeline update from Mount Prospect Police Department at
8:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 03, 2013.
Union Pacific Railroad Police Department along with the Mount Prospect Police Department will be out at the train… http://t.co/8GjMZRnCbY
— MountProspectPolice (@MountProspectPD) December 4, 2013
Mount Prospect Police Department Tweet at 8:00 PM – 3 Dec 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 secret military-grade 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, such as when desperate offenders of property crimes are eluding police. 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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