Saturday, June 10, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Crime is decreasing overall in Maywood and surrounding communities, but instances of theft are becoming more frequent, said Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley.
The chief provided the information during a regular crime update he delivered at a June 10 regular breakfast meeting of the Proviso Township Ministerial Alliance, held at Freedom Baptist Church in Hillside.
“[The increase in theft] is expected,” Talley said. “It’s summer.”
The chief, however, added that, so far, this summer has been marked by more reports of theft than this time last year.
“Some of you are getting checks back from the IRS,” he said. “If you get a new television, cut the box up. If you bought that 72-inch plasma TV and you put the box out, I can almost guarantee that somebody is going to break into your house.”
Talley said that the there was a 100 percent difference in the number of theft reports logged in May 2016 versus those logged in May 2017. In Bellwood and Melrose Park, there were close to 20 thefts reported in each village during the month of May, Talley said.
“Melrose Park usually has zero around this time,” he said.
In Maywood, 34 thefts were reported, double the amount reported in May 2016, Talley said.
Maywood-Broadview 911 consolidation moving along
Talley also provided a brief update on the consolidation of Maywood’s and Broadview’s dispatch centers.
A new law that went into effect last January requires municipalities with populations of less than 25,000 to consolidate their 911 dispatch systems. The law also revokes the authority of local governments to collect surcharges from telecommunications and wireless carriers while enacting a uniform statewide surcharge.
Village attorney Michael Jurusik said at the time that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration “is all about consolidating these multiple municipal governments, so they looked at all these public safety access points, or PCAPs. These are your dispatch centers. They said, it’s too many of these things out there; let’s get everybody to consolidate.”
Jurusik also noted that part of the state’s motivation for the bill was the lack of quality emergency dispatch systems in rural areas largely concentrated downstate.
“The idea behind the legislation was to get everybody to a basic floor,” he said. “Most towns in metro Chicago are at the ceiling with good technology and good 911 systems; but other parts [like rural areas and much of downstate] didn’t have any 911 [dispatch centers].”
Since those talks last year, Broadview and Maywood have moved closer to combining their respective dispatches into a single dispatch system called Ike Communications, Talley said. The dispatch operation will be housed in Broadview, which is expanding and modernizing its dispatch center.
“We have to have something in place by December 30 of this year,” Talley said, adding that by December 30, 2018, all dispatch systems in municipalities of less than 25,000 that haven’t been exempt from the state law will go dark.
“Broadview is an excellent partner to be with because we have the same union, the Fraternal Order of Police, the same … computer systems,” and other similarities, Talley said.
He added that two additional dispatchers could be brought on to shore up the staff of the consolidated system. Maywood currently has eight tele-communicators and Broadview has three. VFP
Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly mentioned that Bellwood and Maywood were consolidating dispatch centers.