News: Public Safety

Police News, Fire News, and other Safety-Related News


Police News

Residential Burglaries - 1000 block of Crestwood Circle, St. Charles

On April 23, 2014 at approximately 9:10 a.m., the St. Charles Police Department responded to a report of two residential burglaries that occurred between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on this date.  A resident of the 1000 block of Crestwood Circle reported that she discovered an unknown subject was inside her residence, who then fled in an unknown direction.  Forced entry was made to gain access to the residence; the incident is under investigation. Read more »

Prostitution Arrest

On 4-17-2014 at approximately 2:00 p.m., officers from the St. Charles Police Department arrested Chang-Li Wang, a 47-year-old woman, and charged her with Prostitution and Violation of the Massage Licensing Act.

The St. Charles Police Department received a citizen complaint regarding suspicious activity possibly occurring at the business which led the St. Charles Police Department to conduct an investigation for suspected prostitution activity at the H.H. Health Care Therapy, located at 525 S. Tyler Road, Unit O, St. Charles, Illinois. Read more »

St. Charles Police Working with City Apartment Managers

The St. Charles Police Department has partnered with local area apartment managers in the City of St. Charles to implement a line of open communication, training, and guidance to be utilized among the different apartment complexes and the police department.

The goal of these meetings is to prevent future issues, whether they stem from occupants of the apartment complexes, vagrants, or criminal activity; as well as offering managers different subject training sessions, which includes topics such as utility information and fire prevention tips. Read more »

St. Charles Police Reminds Citizens to Report Crime

The St. Charles Police Department would like to remind the community that concerned residents can report any suspicious activity within the city in two ways.  Read more »


It is that time of year again when businesses start going door to door selling their products and/or services.  The City of St. Charles would like to remind citizens and potential solicitors that there is a process that needs to be followed before any solicitation can begin.

There are two types of solicitation; charitable and profitable.  If it is a charitable organization there is no fee; however, they still need to register with the City; if it is a profitable organization, there are fees that need to be paid during the registration process. Read more »

Fire News

Fire Department Recognizes Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12

October 6-12 is Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme, “Prevent Kitchen Fires,” is helping spread the word that more fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home. According to the latest research from the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the leading cause of home fires, with two of every five home fires beginning in the kitchen. Cooking fires also are the leading cause of fire-related injuries in the home.
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Fire Department Awarded International Accreditation

The St. Charles Fire Department has received accreditation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI), and is one of only 186 agencies to achieve this status. 
CFAI is dedicated to assisting the fire and emergency service agencies throughout the world in achieving excellence through self-assessment and accreditation in order to provide continuous quality improvement and the enhancement of service delivery to their communities.

Fire Pit Safety

The St. Charles Fire Department would like to remind everyone of the guidelines for using outdoor fireplaces and fire pits following the City’s Fire Prevention Code, Title 15, Chapter 15.28.
Outdoor fireplaces/fire pits shall be at least 15 feet from any structure or combustible material (i.e.

Hydrant Flow Testing at 3800 Commerce Drive

The St. Charles Fire Department will be conducting a hydrant flow test at 3800 Commerce Dr., on Thursday, July 11, from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Residents may experience rust in the water during or immediately after the testing procedure. The water is safe; however you may want to refrain from doing laundry until the water is clear. In the event rusty water discolors clothes while being laundered, please be sure to keep the clothing wet, and contact the Public Works Department at 377-4405 to request a rust-removing solution packet. Read more »

Service Facts Highlight Fire Department Annual Report

The St. Charles Fire Department recently released its 2012 Annual Report. It’s packed with interesting information and service highlights, including:
The Fire Department responded to 4,217 calls for service in 2012, a decrease from 4,511 in 2011. The main reason for the decline is the City no longer provides service to the St.