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Victims of bad checks may file a report with the Cook or Lake County State’s Attorney, provided there is sufficient information, and that the case meets all eligibility guidelines.


Neighbors Public Safety Service: 9PM Routine

Law enforcement agencies frequently use Neighbors Public Safety Service (NPSS) to share daily reminders and best safety practices with residents. One such practice, the “9PM Routine” is a social media campaign created in 2017 by a Sheriff’s Office in Florida. The campaign was created to educate community members about best safety practices, and help police departments achieve their goal to reduce preventable crimes. The 9PM Routine typically includes tips such as: remove valuables from your car, lock your car, turn on outside lights, and lock up your home.

Since its origination, the 9pm Routine has been adopted by law enforcement agencies all over the U.S, including by the Barrington Police Department and continues to provide value to communities by raising awareness and providing simple prevention tips. (NPSS)

For more information please visit Neighbors Public Safety Service: 9PM Routine.


    Barrington is one of the safest places to have a home.  Unfortunately no neighborhood is completely immune to crime. However, there are steps you can take to help keep your family and your neighborhood safe.


    IDES needs your help to combat Unemployment Insurance (UI) Fraud/Identity Theft. If you become a victim of UI Fraud/Identity Theft, you must either contact IDES by phone at (800) 814-0513 or use the Contact Form located on the IDES website to promptly report it. Using both methods of reporting may cause delays in reviewing your case.
    Request your free credit reports via annualcreditreport.com and review them for other fraudulent activities.
    The Illinois Attorney General’s Identity Theft Hotline has several resources to help you, including trained advocates to guide you through the process: 1-866-999-5630; TTY: 1-877-844-5461.

    You can also report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Call the FTC at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or TTY 1-866-653-4261. The FTC operator will give you the next steps to take.

      Vacation House Watch

      If you are a resident of the Village of Barrington and receive services from the Barrington Police Department, you may ask for an additional house watch while on vacation.  Establish a Vacation House Watch.

      We recommend doing what you can to make it appear that someone is still at home. This should include:

      • Make arrangements for regular exterior upkeep for seasonal things such as snow & ice removal or lawn maintenance.
      • Make arrangements for family or a trusted neighbor to pick up mail, packages or newspapers delivered to the home.
      • Ask a neighbor to park a car in your driveway while you are gone.
      • Put interior and exterior lights on timers.