Schaumburg police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 10:04 PM Tuesday to Xsport Fitness, 1321 East Golf Road Schaumburg, IL. Police and firefighter/paramedics received a report that a man was knocked unconscious during a fight at Xsport Fitness in Schaumburg.
Initially police received a report that the fight was still in progress, but later received a report that the unconscious man, about 25-years-old had regained consciousness, and that at least two offender were at large in or near the fitness center.
Police quickly secured the scene, and paramedics met with the patient after initially staging near the scene.
No word on any arrests or charges.
Incidents involving “at large” suspects in Schaumburg present a risk to the public because the Schaumburg police law dispatch channel is encrypted and cannot be monitored by neighborhood watch groups or the media. While the benefit of the eyes and ears of thousands of good citizens outnumber a handful police patrol units, police chiefs in the northwest suburbs of Chicago have chosen to keep their communications secret. Lack of public dispatch also prevents a real-time sense of criminal behavior and criminal activity in communities, especially when police delay or block release of crime news, or hide criminal events in obfuscated crime maps.
IMPORTANT ALERT …
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.
Lack of real time information from police dispatch also delays public awareness or eliminates public awareness of general hazards and traffic or other situations in every day living in an otherwise economically thriving community.
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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