As tornado clean up continues in western suburbs, volunteers stand watch to prevent burglaries

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Clean up resumes in the western suburbs for a third full day following Sunday night’s tornado.

Along Ranchview Drive, south of 75th Street, there are big piles of tree trunks and branches, as well as debris from damaged houses - installation and other materials.

Police have been keeping watch over the hardest hit sections to prevent looters from picking over other people's belongings or taking advantage of no one living in certain damaged houses.

Additionally, Naperville Community Radio Watch have kept an eye on things to give police extra help. Something resident Janet Steffeter told CBS 2 she is happy about.

“It’s a pretty scary thing to go through what everyone is going through. There’s been a lot of condemned houses. People aren’t home anymore, and it’s nice to know somebody is watching out for us," she said.

The Naperville Community Radio Watch has an average of 20 volunteers. There is a shift from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., and then another shift from 1 a.m. until around 6 or 7 a.m.

“Our thing is if we see something suspicious, we call it in,” John Rottersman of the Naperville Community Radio Watch told CBS 2.

“You know, we’re always worried about looters in a situation like this, and to be able to be out here in our vests and being visible – visibility is the important thing,” Rottersman said.

The City of Naperville warns residents to be careful of contracting scammers. They also said more than enough people have volunteered to help clean up, and recommends donating to the American Red Cross or your local food pantry, if you really want to help.