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Crime Prevention
The Tinley Park Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit provides the community with a wealth of information and services that educate citizens on personal safety and how to reduce the risk of becoming victims of crime.

Below are some of our programs, as well as important information.

Fraud Alerts
Common frauds and scams include:

  • IRS Scam: Scammers use a technique known as "spoofing" to change the name and phone number that appears on a caller ID to make it seem as if they are calling from the IRS. Scammers call victims and claim there is a problem with their tax return in an effort to gather sensitive information.
  • Driveway Scam: Con artists go door-to-door and scam consumers out of thousands of dollars by promising cheap, quick driveway repairs. Click here to read more.
  • Red Light Camera Scam: Scammers call phone numbers at random and tell victims they have an overdue red light camera fine. Scammers claim the only way to avoid a significant late fee, a court case or even jail time is to pay the bill over the phone. Never pay a fine or give out credit card or Social Security information over the phone. Demand something in writing.
  • Prize Cruise Scam: Victims receive a phone call with news that they won a cruise or a cut-rate price on a cruise. They are then asked for Social Security and credit card numbers to pay a deposit, port taxes or processing fee. It is a scam. Book cruises through a travel agent or directly with the cruise line.
  • “As Is” Cars: When buying an “as is” vehicle, consumers usually don’t receive a warranty to protect their purchase, so they may be on the hook for costly repairs if the car breaks down. Click here to read a list of tips to help protect yourself from getting taken for a ride by a dishonest dealer.
  • Green Dot Card Scam: Victims are told they won money and a new car, and must pay $350 for a Green Dot MoneyPak card (a pre-paid money card) to claim the prize. They are asked for the number on the back of the card and told the prize money will be delivered, but the pre-paid $350 is then depleted off the card.
  • Do Not Call List: Call (888) 382-1222 to be placed on the “Do Not Call” list. You must call from the phone number being enrolled.
  • Counterfeit Check Scam: Con artists never grow tired of using counterfeit check scams to take your money. Many of the fake checks created today look so real that they even fool bank tellers. Click here to read about counterfeit check scams and how to protect yourself form them.
  • Medicare Prescription Drug Scam: Scammers representing themselves as government or insurance company representatives try to talk Medicare beneficiaries into reveling their Medicare number and other sensitive information. Click here to read more about this kind of scam and how to protect yourself from it.
  • CP2000 Scam: Scammers send taxpayers and tax professionals a fake IRS tax bill related to the Affordable Care Act. The notice is labeled CP2000 and is for tax year 2015. Click here for more information.

Western Union Scam
Consumers who lost money to scammers between Jan. 1, 2004 and Jan. 19, 2017 as part of a Western Union money transfer system scam can now file a claim to get their money back by going to before Feb. 12, 2018. Visit the Federal Trade Commission website for more information.

Lock It or Lose It
Lock It or Lose It is a program intended to remind residents that many property crimes can be prevented simply by locking home doors, garage doors, windows and vehicle doors.

A recent study of property crimes, including home and vehicle burglaries, showed nearly half of the events involved unlocked doors or car drivers who left valuables in plain view without locking their doors. These types of crimes take only seconds or minutes for the thief to commit and are very difficult for officers to catch in-progress.

Many of these crimes, and the resulting losses to the victims, can be prevented with a few simple, common-sense actions.

Click here to read the "Lock It or Lose It" brochure.

Click here to watch the Tinley Park Police Department's "Lock It or Lose It" video.

Be a Buckle Buddy
Buckle Buddies anonymously report unbuckled children in cars via telephone or the Internet. Owners of reported vehicles receive a packet of information about car seat safety and Illinois law.

To participate in the program, call (888) 800-2642, dial #333 on your Verizon cell phone or visit to report an unbuckled child.

Click here to read a brochure about the Buckle Buddy program.

Child Safety Seat Information
Children need to be properly restrained in child safety seats until they are at least:

  • 8 years old
  • More than 4-foot-9 inches tall
  • Weigh 80 pounds

All passengers must wear a safety belt, regardless of age and where they are seated. All children age 12 and younger should ride in the back seat. 
Click here for further details on age and restraint requirements.

Tinley Park Police Department child passenger safety technicians will check child safety seats for Tinley Park residents only to verify that they are properly installed. Additionally, they will check the seat if you have received a ticket. Inspections are by appointment only and can be made by calling Dina Navas at (708) 444-5326.

Click here for information on free car seat workshops in the area.

Emergency Contact Database
The Emergency Contact Database allows Illinois driver’s license and ID cardholders to enter emergency contact information into a voluntary, secure database. In the event of a motor vehicle crash or other emergency situation when a person is unable to communicate, law enforcement can access the database to reach the person’s contacts. 
Click here to access the Emergency Contact Database.


                             See Something, Say Something, Call 911
                                                        Dial 911 for emergencies
                                                  Dial (708) 532-9111 for non-emergencies