BURR RIDGE — When a developer sought permission to build a pair of new hotels on Frontage Road in August, neighbors voiced concern the hotels — plans for which have since been withdrawn — would increase crime.
But Burr Ridge’s four existing hotels required police attention just 21 times in the six months between Feb. 1 and Aug. 2, aside from routine drive-by inspections and visits,
Police Chief John Madden said the hotels are just part of the job for the police force.
Of the four hotels, Extended Stay America, 15W122 S. Frontage Road, accounted for the most calls. Police responded to calls for service nine times, according to police records.
Four of those nine calls were domestic incidents, accounting for 10.8 percent of domestic calls within the village during that time period. Two of the four incidents resulted in arrests.
The calls also included a drug investigation, a report of a guest complaining of harassing phone calls and a report of a fire extinguisher being set off. Police also charged a man for damaging a vehicle in the hotel parking lot, and a noise complaint resulted in a woman being arrested on an outstanding warrant for a parole violation.
Police responded to calls from Quality Inn, 300 S. Frontage Road, five times during the six-month period. Those calls included an unpaid bill, a found wallet, a dog bite and a mental patient in need of help. The only crime-related call was made Feb. 1, when a car stolen from Countryside was spotted in the hotel parking lot.
Three incidents were reported at the Marriott, 1200 Burr Ridge Parkway. Of those three calls, one was a mistaken 911 call. The other two were thefts, one from a hotel office and the other from a guest room.
Springhill Suites, 15W90 N. Frontage Road, made four calls to the Police Department — one for a lost passport, one for damage caused to a room by a guest, and two thefts. A guest reported rings taken from her room in July and a limousine driver called police July 20 when two customers failed to pay their fare.
Thefts reported at hotels from February to August accounted for four of 54 theft-related calls villagewide.
Madden said he believes the lack of 24-hour supervision by hotel management has a lot to do with the fact that Extended Stay America accounts for the highest number of calls among the four hotels.
Madden said the police force responds to about 15,000 calls for service every year, including routine drive-by inspections and patrols.
“The hotels are just part of the different beats in the town,” he said.