Power Outage Strikes Northern Arlington Heights in Sub-Zero Weather — 423 Customers Affected


UPDATE: The last people in this area received power about 8:40 a.m. ComEd’s estimated repair time was 6:30 a.m.

Arlington Heights police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 4:42 AM Tuesday to activated alarms near Arlington Heights Road and Hintz Road Arlington Heights, IL. Police and firefighter/paramedics received reports of activated fire and burglary alarms about 4:40 a.m.

The ComEd outage map reports at 5:00 a.m. Tuesday that crews are working on a damaged power line in the area of Arlington Heights Road and Hintz Road. ComEd reports 423 customers are affected.

Com Ed also reported five customers experienced a power outage near Golf Road and Meier Road, Arlington Heights.

COMED Outage Map …

Arlington Heights is currently under a National Weather Service Wind Chill Warning effective until Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

Current Conditions
Updated on Jan 28 2014 4:52 am CST

Wind SpeedSW 3 mph
Barometer30.40 in (1031.4 mb)
Dewpoint-18°F (-28°C)

Burglar alarms are presumed activated from past experience. Media can no longer monitor public safety responses by police since police started using encrypted police radios on June 5, 2013.

LIVE TRAFFIC MAP of area of power outage near Arlington Heights Road and Hintz Road …

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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