Lombard police offer reminder to residents on when to dial 911

The Lombard Police Department is reminding residents that 911 is available to them whenever they do not feel safe or believe that they could be witnessing or experiencing a potentially unsafe situation.

Residents are reminded that they should not wait until they are involved in a dangerous situation before contacting the police.

"The police are here to assist any community members in need," said Lombard Police Chief Roy Newton. "If someone feels unsafe, they should not hesitate to dial 911 and an officer will be dispatched to the scene. If they wait to call later or decide to post their concern on social media instead of calling us first, then we may be limited to any action we can take. It's important to dial 911 at the time of occurrence so we can observe the scene in question."

Some examples of when to dial 911 include but are not limited to:

• Medical Emergencies including heart attack, stroke, or an unresponsive person;

• House fire;

• Domestic violence;

• Burglary or theft in progress;

• Car accident with life-threatening injuries;

• Suspicious activities;

• Concern for a dog locked in a potentially hot car;

• Aggressive solicitor;

• Anything else that seems like an emergency.

Chief Newton reminds residents that dialing 911 is also appropriate when experiencing an excessive noise issue; when confronted by solicitors that either cannot produce a village-issued I.D.; or if you feel that you could be witnessing or experiencing an unsafe or suspicious situation.

Animal complaints, accidents, and parking complaints also are answered through the 911 system.

Contact the Lombard Police Department with any questions at (630) 873-4400.

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