425 ILCS 30/Fireworks Regulation Act of Illinois...
The term fireworks shall mean and include any explosive composition or any substance or combination of substances, or article prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect; firecrackers, torpedoes, sky rockets, Roman candles, bombs or other fireworks of like construction and any fireworks containing any explosive compound.
The term “fireworks” shall not include snake or glow worm pellets, smoke devices, sparklers, or other devices in which paper or plastic caps containing twenty-five hundredths grains or less of explosive compound are used.
425 ILCS 35/2 Possession, Sale and Use of Fireworks...
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, co-partnership, or corporation to knowingly possess, offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail, or use or explode any display fireworks, flame effects, or consumer fireworks. City/Village/Town government shall have power to adopt reasonable rules and regulations for granting of permits for pyrotechnic and consumer displays.
Village of Arlington Heights | Ordinance Section 27-601...
Fireworks Regulation Act of Illinois fireworks definition (above) was adopted.
Village of Arlington Heights | Ordinance Section 27-602...
It shall be unlawful for any person within the Village to own, possess, discharge, manufacture, sell, expose for sale, loan or give away any substance or article of fireworks; except that the Village Manager may issue a permit for public fireworks display.
If found in possession of or observed using fireworks in Arlington Heights the following could occur...
- Issuance of a Local Ordinance Violation Complaint under 27-602 with a mandatory court appearance.
- Posting of $75 cash bond, $1,000/10% bond or issued Individual Recognizance Bond.
- Possible State charge under 35/2 – Class A Misdemeanor
- Possible in-custody transportation to police station for formal processing, which includes fingerprinting and photograph.
- Seizure of all illegal fireworks.
- Additional court fines and costs.
- Release of arrest and case information to press and news media.
Halloween can be a fun and exciting holiday, but only if we follow some simple safety rules. Remember that our children are going door to door in costumes at night taking treats from possible strangers. Even if we only go to the houses we know there are still some safety concerns.
Consumer Safety Tips...
- Be highly visible during dusk or darkness. Decorate costumes and treat bags with reflective tape. Attach a glow stick.
- Costumes should be properly fitted and short enough to prevent children from tripping and falling, and made with flame resistant materials.
- Masks may limit or block eyesight. Consider using non-toxic and hypoallergenic makeup.
- Swords, knives and similar accessories should be made of soft and flexible material.
- Carry a small flashlight to light your way.
- Wear a watch.
- Stay in neighborhoods you are familiar with.
- Only visit homes with outside lights on.
- Plan your entire route and make sure your family knows it.
- Accept treats only in the doorway.
- Never go inside a house.
- Stay away from open fires or candles.
- Don't run, just walk.
- Stay in groups; never trick-or-treat alone. If you are with a parent do not get too far ahead.
- Don’t let strangers take your picture without your parent’s permission.
- Stay on sidewalks and driveways – it is not polite to cross through the yard.
- Cross the street at the corner or in a crosswalk. Look left, right and left again to make sure the way is clear. Watch for vehicles – drivers may have trouble seeing you.
- Return at the agreed upon time.
- Carry a cell phone for emergencies or to let someone know you will be late.
- Call 911 to report suspicious activity.
Candy & Treats...
Shopping for the Holidays
- No treats should be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by the child’s parent or guardian.
- Throw away non-factory packaged items such as popcorn, fruit or small candies.
- Throw away candy with loose or torn wrappers.
Have you finished your holiday shopping? If you are like most people the answer is a resounding NO! We tend to wait for the day after Thanksgiving to go out and fight the crowds for sale item scraps. This is the perfect environment for criminals. We are in a hurry, distracted, stressed, carrying extra cash, holding several items and often parked in a remote parking area. The fact that you still have shopping to do makes the following holiday safety list very important and timely...
Package Theft Prevention
- Before you leave to go shopping tell a family member or friend where you will be and when to expect you home.
- Park in a well-lit high traffic area of the parking lot. Avoid secluded and dark areas.
- Don’t leave valuables in plain view. Lock them in your trunk or cover them.
- Roll up your windows, lock the vehicle and take your keys.
- Shop with an adult friend. Criminals tend to look for someone who is alone.
- Avoid carrying or displaying large amounts of cash. Carry any cash or credit cards in an interior or front pocket. Purses are a prime target.
- Do not be distracted by strangers who ask you a seemingly innocent question.
- Make sure you protect your credit/debit card account numbers. Don’t leave them on the check-out counter for longer than is necessary.
- Make sure the card you give the cashier is the same one they return to you.
- Take all receipts home and shred if necessary.
- Do not leave your purse or wallet in the shopping cart. Take them with you if you leave the cart for any reason.
- Never leave your purse unattended in any changing room.
- When you return to your car have your keys in your hand and your head up.
- Avoid distractions and pay attention to your surroundings until you are safely inside your vehicle.
- Look underneath and inside your vehicle before quickly getting in.
- Lock your door immediately.
- When loading your packages place your purse or wallet in the vehicle first so that it’s not in the cart when you turn your back.
- Never hesitate to ask for store security to escort you to your vehicle should you feel apprehensive about anything.
Are you expecting a package delivery today? Package theft tends to increase during the holiday season as residents purchase more goods that are shipped to their homes, but it can happen any time of the year. Many of these crimes occur during daylight hours while you're away. Thieves are known to target a home after a delivery is made. They often follow or watch for delivery trucks. Many of these incidents are crime of opportunity. An offender may not intend to target a particular home, but walks or drives by an area and sees an easy target where something of perceived value can be quickly taken without notice. Not only is an unattended package that is visible from the street vulnerable to theft, but it may indicate that no one is home, making the home a possible target for burglary.
Neighborhood Awareness for Package Thefts...
- Choose a shipping option that requires a signature.
- Track delivery status online and set up email or text notifications.
- Ship your package to a location where someone you know will be available to receive it: work, relatives, neighbors, or friend's home. If you are going on vacation, place deliveries on hold until you return.
- Consider using other delivery options that are available. Retailers and shipping companies may deliver to other secured locations including lockers or allow you to pick up at the retail store or package carrier.
- If you frequently receive deliveries to your residence, consider purchasing a locking parcel delivery box that can be bolted down or secured.
- If there are no other options, provide specific instructions about where the package should be left on your property. Choose a location that conceals the item, so that it can't be seen by people walking or driving in the area.
- A suspicious person standing in front of a residence on a cell phone.
- Vehicles circling a neighborhood and/or following delivery trucks.
- Suspicious persons attempting to gain entry into a condo or apartment complex by posing as a delivery person.
- If you see something, say something. Immediately call 911 to report package theft to the Arlington Heights Police Department.