RIVERSIDE – Riverside board members briefly discussed coyote sightings and the village’s crime index at a village meeting Thursday.
The police department reported it purchased hand-held air horns for use in all squad cars to scare off coyotes, Police Chief Tom Weitzel said. Weitzel said the Safe Environment Commission is also working directly with police to conduct a coyote public awareness program in late April or May.
In 2013, there were 383 coyote sighting reports.
Weitzel also touched on the village’s crime rate at the meeting. According to Weitzel, Riverside has an overall low crime rate, and as such, it only takes one or two reported crimes to show a substantial increase or decrease in the village’s overall crime rate.
Under the Uniform Crime Report rules for the Illinois State Police, Riverside had a 21.3 percent increase in reportable crimes in 2013 compared to the crime rate in 2012.