Crime Prevention, Safety & Education Programs

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Bicycle Registration
Child Safety Seats
Directed Patrol Team
Fleet Watch
Neighborhood Watch
Paws on Patrol - Dog Walker Watch
Project Alert
Vacation Watch & Overnight Parking

Auto-Burglary Prevention Tips

Did you know that it only takes a thief an average of 30 svaceconds to break into your vehicle and steal your valuables?  Did you also know that it only takes an average of 20 seconds for you to move your valuables out of sight into your trunk? The Bartlett Police Department would like to offer the following prevention tips in order to make a difference in your vulnerability to Auto Burglaries:

  • Don’t leave any valuables such as GPS units, MP3 players, purses, wallets, or currency inside your vehicle.
  • Don’t forget to lock your vehicle & completely roll up your windows.
  • Set the vehicle’s alarm system or anti-theft device.
  • Turn on the outside lights to your residence at nighttime to deter criminals from taking advantage of the cover of darkness.
  • Try to park your vehicle inside your garage instead of outside on your driveway or street
  • Try to park your vehicle in a busy, well-lighted area to take advantage of natural surveillance. 

    Preventing Home Burglary

    (graphic is from the Washington Post)




    Bicycle Registration

    The Bartlett Police Department annually recovers between 20 and 25 lost or stolen bicycles. Very few of these recovered bicycles are returned to the owner. After six months of holding these bicycles and being unable to determine ownership, the bicycles are auctioned. Registering your bicycle with the Bartlett Police Department provides a record of the necessary information to identify your bicycle, including the description, color and serial number, and allows the police to search a statewide computer data base if it is reported as lost or stolen.    

    Bikes may be registered for free at any time, either in person at the Police Department or using the online registration form, which is quicker and easier. A numbered bike sticker is issued to help in the recovery of lost or stolen bikes.

    Child Safety Seats

    The Bartlett Police Department offers a free program that teaches Bartlett residents how to properly install child safety seats in their vehicles. This program entails a community service officer (CSO) demonstrating the proper way to install a child safety seat in the participant’s vehicle. After the CSO demonstration, the seat is removed and the participant reinstalls it in their vehicle. Therefore, all participants should dress appropriately, keeping the weather conditions in mind.

    The police department has four CSOs who are certified child safety seat installers. Bartlett residents who wish to participate in this program are asked to call 630-837-0846 to schedule an appointment. Normally, child safety seat installations are scheduled between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. The appointment time for one child safety seat is approximately one hour. Participation in this program is limited to Bartlett residents only.  

    Child passenger safety tips and information pertaining to child safety seats can also be found in the police department's child safety seat brochure.



    D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education and is taught to fifth grade students at all Bartlett elementary schools. D.A.R.E. is a 10-week program that educates younger children in resisting drug use. This is a nationally recognized program that seeks to combat drug use by preventing it before it becomes a problem.


    Directed Patrol Team

    Established in 1994, two officers are assigned to this team. These officers respond to specialized requests for extra enforcement in specific areas, conduct traffic studies, participate in the Summer Mobile Force, and hold community talks. Their most visible activity is the bicycle patrol, seen routinely from May through September.

    Fleet Watch

    Fleet Watch operates on the principle that the best crime prevention resource any community can have is its citizens. Fleet Watch enlists the help of businesses whose jobs take them out into the community. Each employee represents an additional set of eyes and ears for law enforcement. Participating vehicles can be identified by a green and white Fleet Watch bumper sticker.

    Simply put, the Fleet Watch program is “Neighborhood Watch on Wheels." Companies in the Fleet Watch program receive training on "how" and "when" to report incidents to police. Armed with nothing more than a cell phone or two-way-radio, couriers and truck drivers can deliver a crushing blow to criminals.

    Recognizing that the driving community is an untapped resource for crime prevention, the Bartlett Police can now link information with people. For example, if the police department is searching for a particular vehicle or suspect in a recent crime, that information can be relayed directly to businesses enlisted in Fleet Watch.

    In a matter of seconds, businesses receive the special "look-out-alert" and the police department can count on the support of literally hundreds of specially trained drivers. Additionally, Fleet Watch members are encouraged to report any activity they feel is suspicious or any other emergency situation.

    Any business interested in participating in this program may contact the Crime Prevention Unit, 837-0846.

    Neighborhood Watch

    There are several neighborhood watch groups in Bartlett. New groups are always welcome. This program encourages citizen involvement by educating citizens as to what is occurring in their neighborhoods, as well as encouraging them to call the police when something may be wrong. Interested persons should call the Crime Prevention Officer.

    Paws on Patrol - Dog Walker Watch

    Do you regularly walk your dog? If the answer is yes, then Bartlett’s new Dog Walker Watch, “Paws on Patrol,” wants you! Be a part of the Dog Walker Watch crime awareness program that enlists dog owners to serve as extra eyes and ears for law enforcement.

    The Dog Walker Watch crime awareness program is designed for neighbors who are familiar with their community and out in the neighborhood on a regular basis anyway, whether walking with or without a dog. Unlike a community watch program, Dog Walker Watch requires no time commitment beyond an individual’s regular routine 

    This programs trains you to effectively observe and report criminal activity as you are routinely out in your neighborhood. Those who know the neighborhood best (you) now become more aware and less hesitant to report suspicious activity.

    To learn more about the Dog Walker Watch program and to sign up, call the Bartlett Police Department Crime Prevention Unit, 630-837-0846, or contact Officer Anderson at or Officer Dendinger at

    Project Alert

    Project Alert is a nationally recognized program aimed at reducing the interest in "gateway drugs" (marijuana, alcohol, cigarettes, and inhalants) to teenagers. This program is taught to seventh graders at Eastview Middle School by the Bartlett Police School Liaison Officer.


    Solicitors may not approach a Bartlett residence displaying a "NO SOLICITORS" decal. These decals are available at the Main Office in Village Hall. Residents are encouraged to report violations to the Police Department by calling 9-1-1.


    The Crime Prevention Unit offers tours of the Police Department to all interested groups. Contact the Crime Prevention Officer at 837-0846 to schedule a tour.

    Vacation Watch & Overnight Parking

    The Bartlett Police Department now offers residents the convenient option to request overnight parking and vacation watches online at Simply click the submit button and enter your information into Frontline Public Safety Solutions. Residents may still request overnight parking and vacation watches by calling the police non-emergency number, 630-837-0846, or complete the Vacation Watch Application form and return it to the Police Department Records Section.

    Please be aware that the Police Department Vacation Watch house checks are considered only when the home is vacant for a minimum of three days, and a maximum of two weeks per watch. If someone is staying at the premises in the homeowner’s absence, a vacation watch will not be granted. In addition, apartment buildings, condominiums, and houses that are for sale are not eligible for the Vacation Watch program.

    A homeowner can request a maximum of one month total of vacation watches per calendar year at a residence. Vacation Watch requests that exceed more than one month total during a calendar year will be denied.

    Submitting this request does not remove your responsibility as a homeowner from making every attempt to protect your property while you are away (securing doors/windows, lights on timers, stopping mail/newspaper service, etc.). Also, keep in mind that the Bartlett Police Department will make every effort to check your property, but only as priority calls or call volume allows.