Police patrols increased at Oak Lawn Chuck E. Cheese’s
BY BOB RAKOW Correspondent March 15, 2013 8:28PM
Updated: April 18, 2013 6:43AM
Increased police presence at the Oak Lawn shopping center where Chuck E. Cheese’s is located is just one of the new measures designed to halt a series of altercations at the family entertainment center.
Kimco Realty Corp., the company that manages the shopping center, has agreed to pay for an Oak Lawn police car staffed by an off-duty officer to patrol the center during Chuck E. Cheese’s busy times, Trustee Tom Duhig (4th) said.
The company also has agreed to improve lighting at the center, at the southwest corner of 95th Street and Pulaski Road, which also includes Kmart, Standard Bank and Trust and LongHorn Steakhouse, Duhig said.
Kimco also will consider increasing the number of security cameras at the site, he said.
“We were concerned with security,” Duhig said. “They agreed with our concerns.”
Duhig said he appreciated Kimco’s response and that he was unhappy with Chuck E. Cheese’s reaction to a series of altercations over the past several months, including a December shooting in the parking lot and a Feb. 23 incident in which two Chicago men were charged with battery, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
During a recent fire department inspection of the restaurant, Duhig claimed, some employees were unfamiliar with emergency safety requirements such as the locations of emergency exits and fire extinguishers.
Village manager Larry Deetjen said the extra police will park in front of the restaurant or other “strategic locations, all highly visible in the parking area.” The police officer will be available to assist security inside the restaurant as well.
Off-duty Chicago police officers provide security for Chuck E. Cheese’s.
Deetjen said officials with Chuck E. Cheese’s parent company, CEC Entertainment Inc., recently declined a meeting with the village but said he “fully” expects another meeting soon.
Duhig said many of the problems stem from the restaurant being allowed to serve alcohol.
He said there have been reports of adults sneaking alcohol into the restaurant in water bottles.