Naperville increasing police presence downtown after looting in Chicago

Naperville is increasing its police presence in the downtown area following looting and unrest that occurred in downtown Chicago early Monday, Naperville Police Chief Bob Marshall said.

The added police presence in the form of marked vehicles and police officers outside will be in place in part to “make the downtown community feel safe,” Marshall said.

Naperville police as of Monday afternoon do not have any intelligence saying there will be any protests or looting in the downtown area, but Marshall said that can change and the department is prepared to react.

“We are well prepared based on experience in the last couple months,” Marshall said. “People will see additional police cars and additional officers if they’re downtown tonight.”

Police are continuing to monitor social media and talk with state and local government officials to determine if there is any planned criminal activity in the western suburbs, and more specifically Naperville, Marshall said.

Not all criminal activity is advertised on social media, Marshall said, so it’s important for residents to report suspicious activity.

“We’re still encouraging people, if you see suspicious activity, say something,” Marshall said.

Marshall said Naperville has already had increased police presence in the downtown area Thursdays through Saturdays after receiving numerous complaints of vehicles with screeching tires, loud exhausts and excessive noise racing up and down the city’s parking garages.

“Not only will we be showing an enhanced presence tonight based on what happened in Chicago, but officers will still address some of those (excessive noise) complaints,” Marshall said.

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