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..