Friday, December 15, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews
Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin and Maywood Police Chief Valdmir Talley will co-host a Carjacking and Public Safety Town Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., inside of Maywood Council Chambers, 125 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood.
Earlier this month, police in Oak Park and Forest Park held similar meetings to address the uptick in carjackings and auto thefts in those communities this year. The crime has also been trending in Chicago.
In Maywood, according to Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley, there have been three reports of carjacking so far this year (as of Dec. 1), but Talley said he suspects that number could rise over the holiday season.
“Around Christmas, people like to be quick about mailing letters and packages and they’ll run out of the car without thinking about security measures,” Talley said. “So people should be cautious, not only for the holidays, but after the holiday season.”
Talley said that Maywood could be affected by the recent uptick in carjacking incidents in Chicago. According to a recent Chicago Tribune report, Chicago police recorded 666 carjackings in 2016, the most since 2009 and roughly double the 339 that happened in 2015. This year, as of Oct. 18, there have been over 660 carjackings in Chicago — “nearly equal to all of 2016 and a 44 percent spike from the same period a year ago,” the Tribune reports.
“This is just one of the new trending crimes going on around the country,” Talley said. “It’s not just happening in Oak Park or Chicago. Naperville was hit hard recently as well, from reports I read. This is negatively affecting all of our communities.” VFP
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