Monday, June 15, 2015

Check the Tires

Once again, a copper was driving home on the south side and heard a strange noise coming from his personal vehicle. As he pulled to the side, the tire tore loose and flew across the roadway. He was able to safely stop the car and the tire didn't hit anyone, but once again, the wide-open parking lots with no cameras and pretty much no security are accessed by all sorts of unsavory characters who loosen lug nuts in the hopes of causing officers harm.

You should check your squad as a matter of course before each and every tour, but when you're looking to get the hell out of work and into a comfy bed, sometimes you don't even look at your personal car. Give it a glance, especially if you have exposed lugs.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Little more info would be helpful.

If you want people to be safe. At least the district???

6/15/2015 12:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As long as you cover those tattoos

Calea this city will not come close. Wtf

6/15/2015 12:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lug wrench out, walk around, kick 'em tight, my friends. Just takes a minute and you can cuss to high heaven in the meantime.

PITA when tired -- but want to get home 1 piece or not?

Way it is.

Rahm I. deal with this problem nightly and no static, right?


6/15/2015 12:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happened to me in my personal vehicle coming home from Harrison and Kedzie last summer. Parked on the top floor of the garage too. All but one lug nut gone.

6/15/2015 12:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Rahm's SUV parked in a garage with cameras?

6/15/2015 01:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cameras are getting cheaper. Maybe the installation doesn't have to be a government job? #20/ person could buy a nice system.

6/15/2015 01:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great (and regrettably necessary) advice.

When I was a cop in Iowa there was a legendary story about "Cascade justice."

Cascade, a small town of maybe 2,000 people 25 miles south of Dubuque, had three cops. One of them discovered two ice picks in a tire on the city's lone patrol car.

Of course by the time the tire was removed and replaced word had spread of the vandalism and it didn't take long for a few fermented malt beverages to enable a local douche bag to claim credit. And, also of course, with Cascade being such a small town it didn't take very long for the word to filter back down to the one-room police station.

Later that night the suspect emerged from one of the town pubs, got into his car, started it and began to drive but the trip was aborted by a flopping and grinding sound. He got out to check and quickly recognized two familiar ice picks, one in each rear tire.

Justice, Cascade style.

6/15/2015 01:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having lost a tire decades ago while driving in another state I can tell you that the car will sound fine at high speed with just the lugs snugged down, like when you change a tire while still in the air and prior to placing it on the ground for that final torqueing. It was a front tire on a rear drive vehicle. At high speeds the car will sound funny and you might attribute it to the road surface and/or going around a curve. The loose wheel may sound like a rattle or the steering may shake. When the tire came off I initially thought I had a blow out since the front dropped. But soon the steering was hard to control since the rotor was now my new wheel and then I saw in my outside mirror my worst nightmare. My tire following the car. As I slowed onto the shoulder the tire caught up to and passed the car. When I brought the car to a safe stop I sat there watching the tire travel down into the median, hoping it'd drop into the grass, but it kept going into the oncoming lane of traffic. Oncoming traffic was approaching as the tire crossed one then, two lanes. Never striking a vehicle and no vehicles having to take evasive action, the tire ended up crossing an on-ramp lane and into the grassy area that is adjacent to all on and off-ramps that loop around. Luckily I controlled the vehicle and vehicles around me were not involved and my tire did not cause injury or damage, though I am sure those drivers coming up on the tire in their lane were starting to experience the pucker factor.

Doesn't take much to break the lugs and a hand check my not be enough to reveal tampering. Listen to those sounds as the sounds might actually be loose lugs instead of what we normally attribute to Chicago's great street maintenance.

6/15/2015 02:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny how there's more security in a Walmart parking lot!This was no attempted theft, this asshole wanted bodily harm. Possibly death to the driver. Sadly it would have taken what the shit head that did this was trying to accomplish to get changes made. How about maybe if someone catches an asshole screwing with our cars..maybe they send a message

6/15/2015 02:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good advise. Personal vehicles are always a target. The answer is secure parking areas; however, this is Chicago, so that will never fly.

6/15/2015 02:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This same thing happened to me after working VRI at 61/racine a short time ago. I also know it happened to a few other cars there, along with paint damage. Heads up brothers and sisters- we need to look out for each other and stay vigilant.

6/15/2015 03:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where's the station security officer? Actually I'll bet this nonsense is done by police officers themselves.

6/15/2015 06:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3 times this year alone in 010. Documented and case reports completed, 010 has security cameras.

6/15/2015 07:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More reasons to not work VRI!

6/15/2015 07:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you'd take the CTA you wouldn't have to worry would you?

6/15/2015 07:53:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. SouthSide said...

That is one cowardly act.

6/15/2015 07:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wait, isn't this the most heavily camera surveilled city in the world? aren't the cameras there to prevent crime and make us FEEL safe? sucks you gotta worry about parking your car AT THE POLICE STATION, but hey, this city never ceases to amaze me. smh

6/15/2015 08:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why can't we have one or two cars act as station security at our parking lot. That is what needs to be done.

6/15/2015 09:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Police Dept. does NOT give a shit about their Officers!

The city would rather pay off some liberal shit bird, rather than have better security in their police stations!

Even the new Police stations have horse shit security, more like an open air mall rather than a secured station to make the public shitbags feel welcomed!

This is why I am NOT motivated to do police work anymore!

When our dept. cares more about joe jagoff getting shot, rather than having a secured station for their officers to work in!

6/15/2015 10:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once a po shoots and kills some shithead fucking around with his personal vehicle then the city will put cameras in all the cpd lots to watch the pos fuck this city. Put your hats on

6/15/2015 10:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

in 015 a battery was stolen from p.o. personal car but bosses say they can't do anything about unsecured parking lots...

6/15/2015 10:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Invest in a good 4-way lug wrench and keep it in the trunk.

Maybe consider 2 locking lugs per wheel instead of one.

This War Against The Police is a curious media creation.

Which is why the media gives the short shrift to the
cumulative detrimental effect of incidents like this.

They say they want dead cops and they want it now...

Nobody gives a shit about us but us.
So what additional harm will society suffer
if we conduct ourselves according to these
these actions that society is apparently ok

So many demand that we "stay on post" way past the
time most rational beings would have second thoughts.

They also demand that we refrain from "hitting back"
after being subjected to such similar harms and more
because we "swore an oath."

Remember when such attacks on The Police were
comparatively rare?

Because the bad people and folks KNEW that The Police
would be on the hunt for them.

That's the Policing Chicago needs again.
Not this crazy prog-tard & race grievance industry,
comp-stat driven, customer service survey giving,
INSANITY being passed off as "The New Policing."

It CAN'T be thus because we're confronting/dealing
with an emboldened, new and improved, extra strength,
government sponsored, media backed and sometimes
progressive funded asshole.

Their everything centers on making The Police pause and
retreat instead of hunting and pursuing like we used to.

"Why are you cops so full of anger, bitterness and hatred?
Stop that. It makes us uneasy and you guys might actually
rebel and start thinking of yourselves first."

...Or something like that?

The War Against The Police continues unabated.

6/15/2015 01:10:00 PM  
Anonymous squire danaher said...

Besides the lug nut situation. I wish the officers, who leave pistachio shells in the squad cars would police hmmthemselves. You give hillbillies chewing Chewbacca a bad name.

6/15/2015 01:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my district always has a station security car up !!! HAHAHAHA

6/15/2015 02:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If only they made special lug nuts that you needed some sort of key or tool to take off...........HMMMM. Silly me its not in the budget. Cheaper for the city to fix the rust bucket and pay medical expenses for the officer and anyone else hurt after the fact. I mean, it isn't like there has been any other reports of squads this has happened to. OOOPS!!! I forgot it is about the 20th one Ive heard of. Only this was a personal car not am marked car. Rahm will wait till some lawyer gets rich on a law suit or two before having the issue addressed with a 5$ lug nut or two. Then a minority owned Vendor will charge 50 bucks for each one while the lawyer gets paid from someone loses pain or loss.

6/15/2015 04:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you sure they possess the technical ability to loosen lug nuts?

6/15/2015 09:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about some of those cameras Daley loved so much go to the parking lots?

6/16/2015 12:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the districts that have management with enough fortitude to have station security, thank you! But the cost of paying a PO's salary for 21 tours a week could pay for a motorized gate with key card system for every officer. But this poorly managed city would never think to invest a smaller sum now to save a bigger sum later. And, hell, the city wouldn't maintain the equipment, just like everything else...

6/16/2015 09:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

first of all the city doesnt give a damn about us but it should be at least two officers working station security and they should be doing they job by telling civillians they cant be in the parking lot...this has happened to me as well my car was keyed its very sad

6/16/2015 07:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How bout those streets and san. trailers parked curbside in the areas they're working on. Guess who gets to sit in there and do nothing all night??? The bs security guard who works for a clouted security agency hired by the city to keep an eye on equipment and materials on the block (a.k.a fucking sleeping). We used to bang on the windows on the trailers at all hours and run away when we were kids lol. I thought of this on my way to work this morning when I saw one making out with some shit bird outside the trailer off archer/Kilbourne. That is all, carry on

6/16/2015 09:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait a minute....But, but, you mean the sign that says the my police lot is monitored isn't true? The city is lying to me? Man, what am I going to do now. Ahh yes, it's called the "illusion of security"

6/17/2015 11:57:00 AM  

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