DARIEN, IL — Since Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order Saturday, the number of Darien Police Department calls has plunged 90 percent, the police chief said Thursday. Of the calls, four have been crime-related — a domestic violence case, a disturbance, an assault and a person with a BB gun, Chief Greg Thomas said.
The department also responded to 10 health-related calls to assist the fire department, he said. Those involve such things as falls and other injuries.
Crimes such as house burglaries are harder to commit because more people are at home, Thomas said.
Like most police departments, Darien is remotely handling calls that do not require the physical presence of a police officer, Thomas said. "We're still responding to serious calls," he said.
As for traffic enforcement, Thomas said, police officers who previously stopped people for speeding 10 mph over the limit may be raising the threshold to 15 mph to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. "There is no order to stop proactive policing," he said.
Other departments also are reporting drops in 911 calls — 30 percent in Chicago's case.
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