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Posted on: May 22, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Westmont Police Department Reminds Citizens - If You See Something, Say Something

Village of Westmont
Date Issued: May 22, 2018

The Westmont Police Department encourages citizens to report suspicious behavior, IMMEDIATELY.  If you see something out of the ordinary, or an actual crime in progress - DO NOT HESITATE - Call 9-1-1.

“We want people to keep this simple phrase in mind,” says Westmont Chief of Police Jim Gunther.  “If you see something, say something. This mantra has been adopted by the Office of Homeland Security and the goal is to encourage everyone to be vigilant at all times when it comes to safety and reporting suspicious behavior. If everyone is working together to keep our community safe, then we can help reduce crime overall.”

Too often, citizens will be hesitant to report a potential criminal situation, and that lack of action actually enhances the criminal’s success. Gunther says, “If something seems out of the ordinary, then call 9-1-1 so that Police can respond and determine the specifics of a situation. The Police Department relies on our citizens to help with being the eyes and ears of the community.”

Situations deserving a 9-1-1 call include a stranger coming to your house to promote or sell something without a solicitor’s permit, unfamiliar persons or vehicles surveying your neighborhood, graffiti, open and unattended garage doors, and more.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
When reporting a crime, try to remember key information that will be important to the dispatcher, such as: location of the incident (address), is an ambulance needed, has a gun been fired or has there been a use of a weapon, complete description of person being reported including gender, approximate age, approximate height, approximate weight, facial features, description of clothing, etc. If a car is involved, the make, model, license plate, and last known direction of travel is helpful.

NON-EMERGENCY CALLS
The main number for the Westmont Police Department is 630-981-6300. This number is staffed Monday through Friday during business hours.  If you need to contact the Police Department with a non-emergency call after business hours, dial 630-981-6300 and hit pound and you will be forwarded to the non-emergency call dispatch center.

CRIME TIP LINE
The Westmont Police Department also has a non-emergency crime tip line in which a caller can leave a message and provide information for follow up by the department. That number is 630-981-6310.  Additionally, residents can send information via email to chiefofpolice@westmont.il.gov.  This address is monitored by staff and and any information received will be followed up on. 

Again, when you see something suspicious, please help us protect our community: IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING.

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Contact: Larry McIntyre
Village of Westmont Communications Director/Public Information Officer
630-417-0280, lmcintyre@westmont.il.gov
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