Do You Still Feel Safe in Tinley Park? (Poll)

A recent series of high-profile crimes has some residents worried that the village is becoming a dangerous place. What do you think?

It's been a busy week for law enforcement in Tinley Park.

On Tuesday night, responded to . .

On Wednesday night, that had police agencies from surrounding communities helping out, including a Chicago police helicopter and K-9 units from the Cook County Sheriff's Office. , but a second suspect is still at large.

And on Thursday afternoon, residents around Tinley Terrace reported a series of daylight home break-ins.

In each of these instances, no one was hurt. But that has been little comfort for some residents who feel crime is becoming a larger problem in the village.

Take a look at some of these remarks from the comments sections of the stories on the incidents and from Facebook.

Tinley Park Patch reader :

This was scary, I live down the street from this residence, we really didn't know what was going on!

Karen Thelen Schutt from Facebook:

Come on. After last nights ordeal at 183rd, this is getting ridiculous. I am right in between the two incidents...I don't like this at all!!!

Tinley Park Patch reader :

This crap needs to stop. There are far to many crimes happening in Tinley. Residents need to take a stand and take back our town before it turns really bad. Start calling the cops if you see anything suspicious. Keep your eyes open and please what ever you do, DON'T mind your own business. That is the worst thing our residents can do.

Heather Corns from Facebook:

I'm at 176 and oak park, and agree this is ridiculous. … [I]t's sad that all these bad things are happening in Tinley.

Tinley Park Patch reader :

Crime is up everywhere because the economy is terrible, unemployment is high, and people are desperate. The crime blotter in the local paper on Sunday is full of "Home Burglary" entries, probably ten times more than before the recession. Tinley Park is not immune to the bad economy or the many negatives associated with it.

Tinley Park Patch reader :

When I lived in Matteson we had these kind of problems in the neighborhood. Once they set up the neighborhood watch and neighbors informing other neighbors of suspicious behavior it stopped. People need to be more pro active on helping each other out. A strong Community is not a divided Community.

What do you think? Should residents be legitimately concerned that these incidents are part of a disturbing trend in Tinley? Or have a cluster of high-profile events brought out emotional—but perfectly normal—reactions? Take the poll and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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So There September 14, 2012 at 05:29 PM
When public housing closed in Chicago, all those people went to the South suburbs not the North. The North wouldn't have stood for it. Now slowly but surely they are taking over and turning TP into Chicago. Sad. You're not safe anywhere.
Scott Jones September 14, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Compared to Homewood or Hazel Crest, Tinley Park is Heaven. Moved to TP to get away from that craziness and even though every town has some crime, what's happening here is much less than those places. Also, "ghetto" is s mindset, not a color or ethnicity. Getting involved with neighborhood watches and introducing yourself to your neighbors is a good way to reduce crime.
Brian September 14, 2012 at 06:27 PM
What an uneducated response at best. Public transportation provides a vital service in the area. With the most recent world events in the mid-east and the announcement of QE3 by Ben Bernake, its almost a sure bet a huge spike in gas prices is on the way. Not everyone is as well of as you Paul, and several working class people rely on transit to maintain a steady income, Transit options ensure they don't end up on the rolls of a social program. Many seniors don't have the ability nor income to drive themselves any longer, and this assists in them continuing a familiar quality of life. Why would you live near a metro center, and not expect public transit. If you want to see the headaches this causes, you should look at Houston for a case study. Sprawl is a huge problem, and if transit was better invested in (more routes, more frequent service) more people would adopt it, easing congestion, sprawl, and pollution. Events like the recent, are the result of a perfect storm of many complex factors. Many of which are due to ignorance on the behalf of those in power to see the big picture. Knocking down the horrible experiment in warehousing society's less fortunate, and not planning on where these people will end up, has driven many to our backyards. Foreclosures, have provided lucrative incentives for those to flip houses into section 8 rentals. These are truly complex issues, and require serious thought. I wish people would ponder more before being quick to speak.
Brian September 14, 2012 at 06:32 PM
PS. I Agree that our community should be vigilant, and advocate trained and responsible firearm ownership. Guns should be used as a last resort, but should remain a powerful reminder to those nefarious elements that you will not be their victim. Heavy handed reactionary responses, always lead to more problems than solutions. Tinley should seriously look into starting a strong neighborhood watch program, you may wish to contact Dennis Mitzner over in Oak Forest, for some ideas on getting the framework going.
Doug September 14, 2012 at 08:44 PM
There's no safe place to live anymore. Whether it be the country, a suburb, or the city. People just have to be diligent. I believe there have to be more educated and experienced police officers in the Tinley Police Dept. There are many part-time police officers. Until this day, they haven't caught the person that committed the Lane Bryant murders. A police officer drove past the burglar from the Best Buy thefts. They seem to focus more on speeders and those minor crimes. The person that wrote about Orland Square mall is looking like Lincoln Mall and Ford City Mall. I understand that but this burglary was done by a white male. The economy has affected everyone including all races. The police need to be alert and they need to add more police officers. There aren't enough, Tinley has grown. More than squad cars; maybe bicycles or motorcycles. This will keep happening everywhere until the economy changes and adding more police officers for every city.
Jack Bauer September 15, 2012 at 03:24 AM
I am usually always for unions and full time employment. But the Tinley Police could benefit by adding more part time employees. This town is getting ridiculous. Look how many darn locker break ins happen at LA fitness and the shop lifting at the Brookside Marketplace is out of control
Mike LaPapa Jr. September 15, 2012 at 05:40 AM
Am I missing something or am I blind ? When did Tinley become the crime capital of the South Suburbs ? I'm amazed how great a job our men and women on the police force are handling things on the streets. In a time of budget cuts and layoffs we are lucky we are the south suburbs and not the south side of Chicago. I'm all for tighting the belt when times are tough,but never at the expense of our teachers,our fire fighters,and especially our good men and women in law enforcement. I'm not minimizing anyone's bad experiences I guess I have been lucky so far. One last thing , we had two high profile crimes back to back. These were solved within 24 hrs. I wish for nothing more than a safe and secure Tinley Park for all my Tinley Brothers and Sisters. Proud Tinley Resident, Mike L.
David Fitzgerald September 15, 2012 at 11:39 AM
I agree with all the above comments. I've noticed things changing for quite some time now. It's too bad this is happening to our town. I'm seriously considering moving.....
TP Mom September 15, 2012 at 12:21 PM
I wish the village and TPPD would be more forthcoming about what's happening in our village. Why has nothing come out about the break-ins during broad daylight Thursday in the Tinley Terrace neighborhood?? And why did an email alert not go out in a timely manner Wednesday, as a police chopper had already been scouring my area for over an hour, and squad cars were swarming the area? I've lived in TP since 1980. We used to have a neighborhood watch program, and a monthly newsletter would go out detailing the crime reported in each neighborhood. Then they stopped distributing the list, but you could pick one up from certain area businesses. Then they started posting the list online. And now it ceases to exist. For the first time in over 30 years I do not feel safe here.
Carol September 15, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Agree with So There that we are seeing the results of the displaced CHA residents moving to the south suburbs such as Dolton, which in turn makes the working class people there flee to our area to shop, dine and live. Unfortunately, they often bring with them the relatives who are not good citizens. Recently there was a lot of ridiculous hand wringing over bringing The Tilted Kilt to the area...but no debate over the Dave & Busters which in my opinion will be a beacon to the gang bangers. Crime in the area is being committed by all races but black crime is disproportionate to the nearly all white population. With home prices down and property taxes skyrocketing, beleaugured residents should be invited to a town hall meeting with police to be reassured that there will be a no tolerance policy to loitering, graffiti, shoplifting and other petty crimes that like a slow dripping leak will eventually lead to major problems. Our elected officials should also be working hard to limit the Section 8 availability in our village.
Carol September 15, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Also, TP Patch - terrible poll question....you only give 2 extremes, extreme being the operative word. I think most would agree that the truth lies somewhere in the middle.
Elizabeth Tayner September 15, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I've recently had my car broken into and an item stolen from my front yard. These are things we never had to worry about in Tinley Park. Now it seems it happens every day. The town is definitely changing! It still amazes me that the police allow men to pan handle full time at the intersections by Meijer and Burlington! If the police won't do anything about them, can I please implore everyone to stop giving them hand outs? (the full time guy on the bike by Meijer smokes cigarettes, he can't be that hard up, and I've heard he lives with his mom on 167th St.) Call the police if you see or hear anything suspicious! Let's take care of each other and send a message to the criminals that they can't get away with it here!
Joe Vince (Editor) September 15, 2012 at 04:25 PM
@Carol: That's a fair point that I intend to keep in mind when I put together future poll questions. Although I don't think you can expect much nuance in a poll question. That's why we encourage people to share their thoughts in the comments section, like you have. But in this case, maybe there should've been a response that read: Yes, but I don't like the direction things are going. Thanks for your input. Joe Vince Local Editor
Joe Vince (Editor) September 15, 2012 at 04:28 PM
@TP Mom: I checked out the police reports yesterday about those burglaries (it appears there were only two burglaries, and one break-in attempt). I have one question that I need answered from police officials, who were gone by the time I got the final report. You'll see the story when I get in touch with them. Joe Vince Local Editor
Nanette September 15, 2012 at 06:56 PM
I agree Elizabeth. I know several people who have offered him a job and he don't want it. Stop handing this guy money and start donating it to the organizations that you know are legitimate.
concerned Tinley Park Resident September 15, 2012 at 09:04 PM
I have to agree with Jenny. I don't shop at Orland anymore - it is nothing but a hangout anymore. Since Matteson mall closed most of its stores, our mall is getting all the runover.
TinleyP B September 16, 2012 at 12:03 AM
A bad week, to be sure, but I think there's some overreacting going on here.
Julie Shaunnessey September 16, 2012 at 04:43 AM
I recently attended a neighborhood watch mtg. It was my first and I have to say I was very dissapointed. I would guess 8 people were there. There are only two a year and they bring in speakers. I think it needs to be revamped with more community involvement, more info from the police. I was hoping for info, I didn't get any. Just throwing this out there! Have a safe weekend everyone!
Tammy Price September 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM
No, we no longer feel safe here and it is a sad feeling after living here for 22+yrs. I would put up a for sale sign today if we could. Currently, that is not a realistic option, so we try to never let our guard down. We do call the police all the time and report suspicious activity. Sometimes, I feel like Gladys Kravitz from Bewitched, but I am okay with that. My work causes me to travel throughout Tinley, Orland and surrounding suburbs, so I am in my car all day and I have seen alot. I guess i was shocked, as I stopped for lunch one day, to witness drug deals happen in broad daylight at 159th & Harlem, in the lot between Portillos and Mc Donalds; 3 luxury cars, with 3 young non-caucasian freely exchanging drugs and money. The scary things are the home invasions; We have a security system which we make sure is on every night before we go to sleep and we all have a FOID cards and registered firearms; we have guard dogs and lots of exterior lighting. Sounds like a fortress, but prevention and preparedness are the best defense. We would gladly participate in the neighborhood watch program.
Michael W Hof September 16, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Tinley Used to be a nice town. I've lived here most of my childhood and adult life, besides my service overseas,and probably will continue to live here..for as long as I am working. I have noticed recently the crime epidemic is getting bad. You can't stop people from working here, or living here or just from passing through. Crime affects every person no matter what color you are. The only thing that is wrong here is people letting themselves become victims of it. Get involved with your nieghbors, talk with them, get to know who they are, call the police with suspicious activity. Above all use common sense. Way back when we never had this type of problem, but now days everyone avoids eachother at all costs in this fast-paced society we live in. Get involved... and don't give these people an opportunity to take advantage.
Karina September 16, 2012 at 07:23 PM
I agree that people need to stop giving anything to panhandlers, whether he truly is homeless or not. They only go to locations that yield results.
Mary Carumba September 16, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Tinley Park is a very safe place to live. I'm not going to let the dweebs who write the Patch sensationalize a couple of isolated incidents and try to degrade our wonderful town. These Patch writers are clowns, That's why they write for the Patch, not the Tribune.
Tammy September 16, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Wow Mary that was harsh and really unnecessary bashing of the Patch writers. Everyone has to start somewhere in their career. I too believe Tinley is a great and safe town but let's be realistic we are not immune to social problems. I'm sure the police are doing everything in their power to keep us all safe but- they can't be everywhere all the time.
Joe Vince (Editor) September 16, 2012 at 09:15 PM
@Mary Carumba: I have to respectfully disagree with your criticism. I posed this question because of the concern I was hearing from readers and residents coming off of the recent events last week. I don't think asking the question sensationalizes anything. Nor do I think such a question—or the coverage of the events—degrades the village. What's wrong with having the discussion? Ultimately, such an exchange of ideas creates solutions to deal with problems or reinforces what's already being done that makes residents happy to live here. Plus, if I can handle a lone internet commenter calling me a clown and a dweeb without feeling like my image has been degraded, I'm pretty sure the Village of Tinley Park can handle someone asking how people feel about crime. Thanks for reading, Joe Vince Local Editor
Elizabeth Tayner September 16, 2012 at 10:22 PM
May I suggest that if Mary finds this publication that bad that she neither bother to read it nor post regarding it's contents. Personally I agree that the discussion is good, and I hope the police and community leaders are paying attention to what is being said. Maybe things here in Tinley aren't THAT bad, but there is just as much potential for things to get worse as there is for things to get better! I suggest we keep on a positive note and instead of bashing, stick together and stay informed.
Mary Carumba September 16, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Joe, You can write whatyou want but asking people if Tiney Park is still is a safe place to live is really a stretch. Whether you intended to or not you cast a very negative image on our wonderful town by sensationalizing these two isolated events. I don't think writing like this is going to help your career. Are you really a dweeb and a clown? I don't know for sure but you really ticked me off by trying to portray my town as some crime ridden ghetto when it's the furthest thing from that, so I would probably vote yes! The best way for you to determine if you really are a dweeb
Julie September 17, 2012 at 03:16 AM
I feel that all media sensationalizes things to make people stand up and take notice. I have read many stories on the break in and there are some false statements in each story. What we all need to do is pay more attention to our neighborhoods and report even the smallest things to the police. Remember to lock your doors and windows and keep an eye out.
The Guru September 17, 2012 at 03:31 AM
It doesn't matter how safe you "feel" in tinley. There will always be crime. And "feeling safe" is a state of mind not rooted in reality. Therefor, the poll is pointless.
Von February 05, 2013 at 04:54 AM
Want to know how to slow down the crime? let it be known that every house has a gun and there is someone there that is trained on how to use it! 10 years ago Missouri passed the concealed carry law, the counties around St Louis who supported it saw a quick drop in crime, When the bad guy knows he's not the only one with a weapon they start to think twice!!!
Concerned citizen May 21, 2013 at 12:34 PM
The east end of Tinley has deteriorated at lightening speed. The Pines is no longer a 'nice' place to live.


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