An annual report from the Forest Preserve District of Will County showed that in 2017, there was a 34 percent decrease in incidents of vandalism, fly dumping, theft or accidents at the 35 district sites than the previous year.
The 118 incidents cost $14,261.25 to date in materials, labor, equipment and contracted repairs. The cost was a 4.7 percent increase from 2016.
“The objectives of this report are to identify patterns in locations and activities in order to focus policing efforts and manage amenity placement, monitor costs for budgeting and loss control purposes, and ensure the timely repair of damages,” the report stated.
The staff of the Forest Preserve has been recording incidents of vandalism and damage since 2002.
Wauponsee Glacial Trail recorded the most incidents (17) and the highest costs ($6,205.50) in 2017 according to the report. Some of those incidents included a deer being hit and then the deer hitting a sign post and someone dumping a television onto the site. Both of those incidents happened in October.
The most expensive instance of vandalism was at Wauponsee Glacial Trail and was recorded Aug. 11. It involved someone doing burnouts in the grass, throwing mud all over a parking lot near Hoff Road.
There also was spray-painted graffiti in a latrine. The total cost was $3,105.
Hammel Woods had the most fly dumping. It included bags of garbage, another television and a dresser. Sugar Creek Preserve also saw dumpings of two computers, five car tires, two monitors, multiple televisions, a tire and a fish tank. Someone dumped five televisions on March 7 in Isle a la Cache in Romeoville.
There were over 20 televisions dumped on Forest Preserve sites, according to the report.
In all, there were 63 instances of vandalism, 47 fly dumpings, five thefts and three accidents in 2017.