The Oak Lawn Police Department’s own system of public disclosing police reports on Police to Citizen P2C, reveals that multiple police reports have been discarded and filed as “reports created in error”.
Kari Lambert, an Oak Lawn mother of two called the police for a possible home invasion. She recently told her story to Mayor Sandra Bury and the Village Board and noted that a police report was not filed despite her call warning the dispatcher that someone was going to try to break into her home.
After her daughter received threats like “my cousins from Chicago are going to break into your house with guns and knives and cut you”, and “open the door you little scared ass bitch”, Lambert was rightfully fearful as a gold van and three other vehicles pulled up to her house just as the threats came in and four teens in hoodies jumped out.
Lambert told the board that she was afraid to go outside to record the license plate numbers and fearful that the perpetrators would make good on the text messages, she contacted the Oak Lawn Police Department reporting the possible home invasion. However, the police listed the incident as a “report created in error”.
Lambert raised the issue of possible crimes not being reported. In her incident, numerous officers, along with canine units responded to the call that evening but the four individuals dispersed quickly and were not found in the area. Later that night, another text message was received with a statement that the perpetrator’s cousins had been at the house and would return the next day, break in and kill Lambert and her children.
Now, the Oak Lawn Leaf has obtained documents showing that another incident was listed as “Report Created in Error” for an incident in the 4400 block of 95th Street. An incident in the 5200 block of Avery is also listed as “Report Created in Error”. Lambert’s incident was also verified in the village’s own system as a “Report Created in Error.
Crime has been a major issue in the village election with Mayoral candidate Robert Streit proposing an increase in police patrols. It is an idea he raised last year to his fellow board members and Mayor Sandra Bury, who said such patrols were unnecessary or were already sufficient.
The under-reporting of crime was also raised in the dispute with CEC Entertainment, the parent company of Chuck E. Cheese, who analyzed all calls to the establishment and found that Mayor Sandra Bury’s claim of hundreds of police incidents only amounted to four police reports. At the time, Trustee Terry Vorderer said that he would make sure the police were writing reports every time that they were called out. Apparently that has not occurred in incidents throughout the village including Lambert’s attempted home invasion and at least one other home invasion.
Sandra Bury and her running mates have consistently claimed that crime is not a problem in Oak Lawn and have recently used statistics from 2015 to claim crime is not as bad as some people believe. More recently, Bury repeated a line used by her running mate, Terry Vorderer, telling the public that some crime is up and some crime is down.