Criminal Sexual Assault Reported on Odlum Drive, Schaumburg — Public Notified Over 48 Hours Later

Schaumburg Police responded about 3:25 A.M. Sunday May 29, 2016 to the 2700 block of Odlum Drive to a report of a Criminal Sexual Assault. The offender, a stranger to the victim, allegedly entered the victim’s residence by unknown means. “Without permission” the offender is reported to have groped the victim while she was sleeping. The victim woke up while the assault was taking place and the offender fled the residence in an unknown direction.

The offender is described as a Hispanic male; 25-35 years old; approximately 5’05” with a medium build; short “buzz-cut” hair; short facial hair. The offender was last seen wearing a dark-colored T-shirt and blue and white
pajama-style pants.

The Schaumburg Police Department urges anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Investigations Division at 847-882-3534, and reference case #16-13681.

Schaumburg Police would also like to take this opportunity to remind residents of a few basic safety tips:

• Keep doors closed and locked

• Close and lock first floor windows when practical

• Utilize blocking devices, such as wooden dowels or broom sticks, to secure sliding patio doors

• Make sure the exterior of the residence is always well-lit

• Keep trees, bushes, etc., trimmed to prevent them from being used as concealment

• Call 9-1-1 to report any suspicious activity

Schaumburg police reported the incident to the public over 48 hours after the incident occurred.


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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