The Chicago Police Department has advised businesses to purchase riot glass to prevent further burglaries.
In the aftermath of robberies in Humboldt and Wicker Park, Police issued a community alert on April 30 regarding criminals’ usage of crowbars, bricks, and stones to easily smash the glass and break in either from the side or front windows.
Police suggested businesses within the area look into buying from ArmorPlast, which produces a form of invisible ballistic-proof glass resistant to projectiles.
On their website, ArmorPlast states their product even after an attempted burglary does not repair given how durable the material is.
BURGLARIES and CRIMINAL DAMAGE to PROPERTY @ChicagoCAPS12 (Near West) @Area3Detectives #ChicagoPolice pic.twitter.com/eDhuUHJPiA
— Tom Ahern (@TomAhernCPD) May 1, 2023
The alert comes in the wake of Chicago experiencing a 6% increase in burglaries, with 2.253 accounts being documented so far in 2023.
Thieves hit the Mott Street Restaurant on Ashland Avenue on four separate occasions along with robbing various luxury stories and a Rolls Royce dealership in the Gold Coast neighborhood.
Businesses within Chicago face increasing security threats, making operations far more difficult, Walmart recently closed four stores citing detrimental loss of millions in revenue.
Police have said that the surge in burglaries is an organized and coordinated effort known as “smash-and-grab”, thieves are dropped off at their target by compatriots, often aiming to steal items such as liquor, safes, and cash registers.
Chicago police are advising some businesses in the city to install “riot glass” on their windows to prevent burglaries.
It’s gotten that bad.
Sadly, this is what you expect in Democrat-run cities. https://t.co/A4olFY5qxI
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) May 8, 2023
Tamer Jaradat, a small grocery store owner, told Fox News that the average response time for CPD officers is far slower, resulting in employees of besieged businesses being left without any deterrent to prevent the breach.
In addition to the glass, the CPD recommended businesses ensure their surveillance systems are functioning correctly.