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Panhandlers & Emergency Services
The Village has experienced an uptick in individuals and groups approaching people in cars or in our shopping areas for money. In some cases, the requestors are working in organized groups. While we recognize the financial struggles of many, we suggest safer and more effective ways of giving and receiving support.
Regarding Panhandling and Soliciting
While panhandling on public property has been interpreted by the courts as a First Amendment protected form of expression and thus cannot be prohibited, panhandling actions that cause safety issues (for instance, panhandling in a busy intersection in such a way as to impede traffic) may be regulated and therefore allow for police response. In addition, property owners have the ability to manage who is on their property, and individual shopping area owners/managers may request that trespassers be removed.
Report to Property Owners / Managers
Any person with concerns regarding the presence of panhandlers located on private property can report such to the property manager or owner.
Report to VHPD
Individuals and property owners are directed to reach out to the VHPD non-emergency number (847-362-4449) to report any unwanted, suspicious or potentially unsafe situations. Of course, if your experience puts you in danger or requires more immediate response, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Supportive Resources – Giving and Receiving
We recognize the financial struggles of so many. These procedures are not intended to keep individuals from reaching out for assistance, or keep residents from supporting those in need. We suggest a host of available resources for those who need assistance. These and many more organizations not only offer effective support, but they offer residents a way to lend a hand through donations of money, supplies and volunteer hours. A few reputable, effective organizations include: