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Geneva owns and operates its own electric utility, and we take great pride in providing reliable electric service to our residents and businesses. However, like all utilities, we are susceptible to outages caused by bad weather, animals, equipment issues and more. This blog is designed to provide updates on what caused outages after service has been restored. Large-scale incidents will be posted in real-time on the City's Alert Center on the our website homepage. Customers can subscribe to receive these updates via Notify Me.

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Feb 26

[ARCHIVED] Police Offer Tips To Prevent Bicycle Thefts, Vehicle Burglaries

The original item was published from September 17, 2020 8:29 AM to July 1, 2021 12:05 AM

If you have attempted to purchase a bicycle this year, you quickly discovered that they are in very high demand and very short supply. This has led to an increase in the number of bicycles being stolen throughout the Tri-City area.

Unfortunately we are not immune here in Geneva and have experienced several bicycle thefts. These thefts include bicycles that were unlocked, locked, located on private property, in residential garages and from our downtown business district.

While it is impossible to prevent every theft, it is much less likely if you lock up your bicycle and secure your garage door. The vast majority of these crimes are crimes of opportunity. Any steps that you take to prevent a theft make you less likely to become a target. We recommend that when you do purchase a bicycle, keeping a record of the serial number and taking a photograph, especially of any unique characteristics, can be very helpful if your bicycle is ever lost or stolen.

Another trend that we are observing throughout our region is an increase in car burglaries and subsequent vehicle thefts. Offenders are locating unlocked cars, some which have had the keys left inside. They take items from inside, and in some cases, take the cars themselves. These stolen vehicles are subsequently used to commit crimes in other communities.

One way to lessen the risk of being a victim of this activity is to practice the 9 p.m. routine. This should be done each night and includes the following tasks. Residents should make sure that all of their outside doors are locked. Check that your car doors are locked, windows rolled up, and all valuables, including garage door openers, are removed from the vehicle. Assure that all of your personal property is secured and not left in your yard. Finally, turn on those outdoor lights.

These simple steps can go a long way towards making your property less attractive to those looking to commit a crime.

Police Chief Eric Passarelli
Eric Passarelli
Police Chief