Village News

The Village reminds vehicle owners to be mindful of their vehicle registration status. The Illinois Secretary of State recently announced it would be suspending the mailing of reminder notices for vehicle registration renewal.  Motorists can sign up to receive reminder notices electronically by e-mail at www.ilsos.gov.

Adults, teens and children alike regularly use the numerous pedestrian crossings throughout the Village on a daily basis.  Crosswalks are located in front of schools, parks and downtown, as well as throughout Lake Bluff’s residential neighborhoods.  In Illinois, although both motorists and pedestrians are responsible for traffic safety, motorists must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.  To ensure everyone is safe when crossing the street, the Lake Bluff Police Department offers the following reminders:

  • Look left, right and left again for traffic.  Stop at the curb and look both ways.  By stopping at the curb drivers will recognize you are intending to cross and will slow down or even stop;
  • Wait for natural, safe gaps in traffic before crossing;
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing to be sure they see you;
  • Cross within the marked crossing area.  If crossing outside the area recognize that drivers do not expect to see you;
  • Be predictable and cross or enter the street where it is legal to do so;
  • Use extra caution when crossing at night.  Pedestrians will see vehicles approaching sooner than the driver will see the pedestrian; and
  • Always be cautious!  Do not excuse your personal safety for a false sense of security that could be cultivated at crosswalks.

Telephone Scam Alert

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of Lake County residents receiving fraudulent telephone calls from individuals representing themselves to be from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.  These fraudulent calls are appearing on the recipients’ caller identification as telephone numbers used by the Sheriff’s Office.  Thus, it appears the victims are receiving a valid call from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, when this in fact is not the case.

During this specific scam, the fraudulent caller states they are calling regarding a complaint which had been filed against whoever answers the telephone.  The fraudulent caller then gives the name of an “investigating officer” and instructs the recipient to call a telephone number to reach that “officer.”

In these instances the offenders are using tools to “spoof” their telephone number.  Even though these offenders are not calling from the Sheriff’s Office, they can mask their telephone number to make it appears as if the call is originating from the Sheriff’s Office.

Residents should be aware when the Lake County Sheriff’s Office is requested to make a notification for an outside agency, a highway patrol deputy will be dispatched and will make the notification in person.  These notifications do not occur over the telephone.

If you feel you’ve received a fraudulent telephone call, contact the Sheriff’s Office to determine the validity of the call.

Safety Tips:

  • Don’t give identifying or personal information to anyone over the telephone, unless you have confirmed who you are speaking with
  • If you are unsure of a caller’s identity, ask for their name and callback number, then hang-up and verify their information via the Internet or telephone book
  • If a caller is asking for someone who isn’t currently home, simply tell the caller they can’t come to the telephone (versus informing the caller you could be home alone)

Following an extensive and thorough evaluation and review of alerting systems, the Village of Lake Bluff (Village) has implemented the CodeRED system, a high-speed emergency notification service provided by Emergency Communications Network, based in Ormond Beach, Florida. Public safety officials across the United States have credited CodeRED notifications for saving lives and many successful events including locating missing children, apprehending wanted criminals and issuing timely evacuations.  Learn how the CodeRED Emergency Notification system works.    

The CodeRED system will serve as the backbone of the Village’s emergency planning and communications outreach. The platform will allow the Village to communicate with residents and Village personnel by sending telephone calls, text messages, emails, social media and CodeRED Mobile Alert app messages in an effort to effectively inform residents of emergencies to protect life and property. CodeRED, among other notification systems available, was selected for its unrivaled reliability and accuracy, as well as the system’s global use.

“CodeRED’s robust system will provide Village officials with a reliable, easy-to-use interface to quickly disseminate critical information to our residents during emergencies. We are very eager to use this technology to enhance our emergency preparedness plans,” said Police Chief David Belmonte. We anticipate using the system to notify residents in specific geographic locations of weather emergencies, floods, missing children notices or any other situation where we need to notify residents quickly.

Lake Bluff has also contracted the CodeRED Weather Warning system, an automated weather warning technology that delivers phone calls, text messages, and emails to registered residents and businesses within the direct path of severe weather. The CodeRED Weather Warning system is an opt-in service that automatically notifies those registered of tornado, flash flood, and severe thunderstorm warnings just minutes after an alert is issued by the National Weather Service (NWS).  Learn how the CodeRED Weather Warning system sends notifications during severe weather events.

The Village of Lake Bluff has been provided an initial database of residential and business telephone numbers, however all residents living within the Lake Bluff Village limits are encouraged to visit http://www.lakebluff.org/departments-services/police-department/110-codered and click on the CodeRED logo to enroll additional contact information including cell phone numbers, text and email addresses. No one should assume they have been automatically added to the emergency contact database. The enrollment link will also allow residents to opt-in to receive the automated Weather Warnings. Residents and businesses are encouraged to enter both a cell phone number and email address, and designate the types of weather warnings to be received.

On May 11, 2015 officers responded to the Lake Bluff Middle School on E. Sheridan Place when school employees found 52 computers missing.  It appears that over the weekend entry was gained by breaking a door window on the west side of the building.  The value of the computers was reported at $66,000.

On May 14, 2015, officers responded to the Union Church on E. Prospect Avenue after church officials discovered someone entered the office area and removed several gift cards and cash.  The items were valued under $800.  It is believed the theft occurred between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  The church was not locked at the time of the theft.

Police Chief David Belmonte stated officers are investigating the cases and these cases offer good reminders for all residents and businesses to remember to practice good security measures.  “We are fortunate to live and work in a relatively safe community where these events do not happen on a regular basis.  However, thefts can and do occur anywhere.  It becomes a matter of trying to take the best precautions you can to avoid being a victim.” 

The Police Department offers the following tips:

  • Lock all doors and windows. And, invest in a good, solid core door.
  • Keep shrubs trimmed back. If windows are visible, it’s easier for neighbors or police to spot a broken window. Also, consider “thorny” shrubs. If it’s painful to access a window over shrubs, that’s a deterrent.
  • Keep your garage door closed at all times. Not only does this prevent items from being stolen, it also takes away another sign that you’re home or away.
  • Get to know your neighbors.  Extra sets of eyes keeping a watch on your property, reporting suspicious activity, and helping keep you safe. Be sure and return the favor and keep an eye on their home, too.
  • Consider an alarm system. Most insurance companies offer discounts for alarms, and some systems also monitor for fire.
  • When away for long periods of time, use timers for lights to give the home a lived-in look. Leave a radio or TV on at a conversational volume level. Have a neighbor pick up your paper and mail, and accept packages. Ask that neighbor remove door hangers and other advertisements that pile up on the front door.
  • Turn on exterior lighting after dark. Use the same schedule for lighting when your away that you do when you’re home. Consider timers for exterior lights.
  • Think like a burglar. Ask yourself, “what would a burglar find when he looks at my house or business that would be inviting?”

And lastly, but just as important, anytime anyone sees ANYTHING suspicious, call 911.  The information you provide can help prevent criminal activity or even catch an offender.

If anyone has any information relating to the thefts being investigated, please contact the Lake Bluff Police at 847-234-8760 or you can provide anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers at 847.662.2222 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..