Village Tackles Crime at Red Roof Inn

After recent crime spree, Deerfield considers legislation to curb criminal activity at motel.

Deerfield is looking at legislation to curb crime at the Red Roof Inn.
Deerfield is looking at legislation to curb crime at the Red Roof Inn.

After a rash of crimes at the Red Roof Inn in the last three months including drugs, guns and prostitution, Deerfield is taking a look at legislation to put a stop to it.

Since Oct. 30, there have been five arrests involving prostitution, one with a gun and another for drugs, according to Deerfield Police reports. In June, shots were fired in the parking lot and two men staying at the motel were apprehended.

“We don’t want to be at odds with a business but we have values we strive for and we don’t want to see them violated,” Mayor Harriet Rosenthal said.

The first thing Deerfield is doing is taking a look at ordinances in other municipalities with similar situations, according to Village Manager Kent Street. “We want to be in the position to prod the owner and have the enforcement resources to be able to negotiate an end to what’s been going on there,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Deerfield Police Department is being more vigilant. “We’ve increased our patrols there,” Deerfield Police Chief John Sliozis said. “We’re asking our officers to take a walk through while on patrol.”

Sliozis is concerned not only by the large number of calls his department receives but the nature of the complaint. “There are certainly an inordinate number of police calls and it is the type of calls,” he said referring to the crimes and arrests made.

As it stands, Deerfield’s business licensing ordinance limits enforcement for a high crime area, according to Street. The Red Roof Inn does have a special use license that goes with its zoning which could come into play.

“Getting a business to behave as it should be is what we’re going to take a look at,” Street said.

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Stephanie Brent January 16, 2014 at 10:32 AM
Is there any other motel or hotel around that accepts cats and dogs? In an emergency, Red Roof Inn is the only place I know of that would accept pets...
Bringin' Down Briarwood January 16, 2014 at 11:48 AM
What is wrong with these people?!?!?!?!? Why do you need additional legislation? It doesn't take a strong investigation to understand there's some screwy stuff going on at this place. It's silly that it took the village THIS long. Camp out and arrest the people. You don't need additional legislation. There are already laws in place. "We don't want to be at odds with a business." But we have no problem publicly going after a legitimate business that has sign issues. Shine a spotlight on the Red Roof, drive them out and, in the meantime, start investigating for a new owner/franchisee so they are ready to go. WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE!?!? Go after them!!
FaceOnMars January 16, 2014 at 12:06 PM
"be in a position to prod the owner"? I hope the Village finds itself immersed in a losing legal battle if they try to make up the rules as they go along simpl to achieve a political end. If the operator of the Red Roof Inn is currently in compliance with all laws, ordinances, and regulations, then this is clearly a law enforcment issue. While it would be nice to live in a world which doesn't have any bad things going on, the reality of the situation invariably says otherwise & needs to be dealt with as infractions occur vs. legislating their way out of the state of affairs on the ground ... less you're trampling on the rights of the property owner.
Jon Hall January 16, 2014 at 08:29 PM
But their sign is ok.
Jon Hall January 16, 2014 at 08:32 PM
Can you imagine how many drug deals have gone down there? What is our local law enforcement doing? Every law in the books has probably gone down under the red roof.
FaceOnMars January 17, 2014 at 12:55 PM
There's probably someone shoplifting from Whole Foods at this very moment, yet ex post facto regulations aren't being conjured up by the Mayor directed at the management of WF to hold their feet to the fire to prevent shoplifters from doing what they do.
agha January 26, 2014 at 11:45 PM
obamas fault.
Mark Myers January 27, 2014 at 12:42 AM
But the sign is ok!
Enrique H. January 27, 2014 at 11:15 AM
I think it is sort of sweet that Deerfield had a seedy underbelly. Not to mention all of the underbellies that get "seeded" at Red Roof Inn. It reminds us of the fragile facade our North Shore communities try to put up: one that is opulent, elite, and lawful. In reality, one only needs to drive a few blocks (or be a fly on the wall at private meetings among village leaders, I imagine) to realize we're just as corrupt, defiled, and lawless as any average town in the country. I'm sure the mayor wants to knock down Red Roof in to open up another cleaners or Italian restaurant. Let's fight it!
FaceOnMars January 27, 2014 at 11:33 AM
While I certainly don't welcome harm to come to anyone, I kind of agree with Enrique in a left handed sort of way. There's is in fact a major facade on the North Shore deserves self-reflection. In my opinion, it's pretty obvious how the Mayor of Deerfield is attempting to keep up appearances and in turn an illusion of a "friendly bubble of traquility" within Deerfield's borders ... all at the expense of a business owner who to the best of our knowledge has not engaged in any illegal activity. I find such a thought repulsive & reiterate my earlier sentiment about hoping the Red Roof Inn's owner will stick it royally to the Village if the latter oversteps their bounds in their zeal for insuring the illusion is perpetually propped up ... at the expense of law abiding citizens who might simply be caught in the middle of things.
Enrique H. January 27, 2014 at 12:09 PM
"friendly bubble of traquility" Yes...this is exactly it!
Enrique H. January 27, 2014 at 12:16 PM
Deerfield & H.P. would be surprised to learn of the drug practices of many of its Dist. 113 teachers/administrators. Red Roof Inn has nothing on our local "High" Schools. I've known quite a few of these characters over the years--they put Cheech and Chong to shame. Too bad some of these people can't be busted too, along with the people we paint to be shady, slimy characters at Red Roof. I fear a random drug test on Dist 113 teachers would shut the schools down for quite some time, though, so maybe it is best we put that aside and focus on the crime-lords at Red Roof Inn.
Just Sayin January 27, 2014 at 12:24 PM
Deerfield ( Northbrook, Glenview, etc) are not ' North Shore' communities. They want to be...claim to be...wish they were...but they are not. They are in close proximity and that's it. Halo effect is the best they can possibly claim.
McCloud January 27, 2014 at 12:31 PM
You mean these communities are faux superficial progressive snobs? All this time...
FaceOnMars January 27, 2014 at 12:35 PM
Perhaps technically speaking Deerfield is not "North Shore" if we're using beach front bounderies as a metric; however, I believe such a distinction is purely academic in the context of the bigger picture ... especially in light of the issue related to "image" which Enrique has raised.
Mark Myers January 27, 2014 at 11:41 PM
Just Sayin' Who are you to designate what 'North Shore' communities are? In other words who died and left you boss?
Enrique H. January 28, 2014 at 02:14 PM
People, people, let's save our hostilities for village management! Why get caught up in semantics? Deerfield is technically part of the Greater North Shore. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Shore_(Chicago)
Deerfield neighbor January 31, 2014 at 11:03 AM
Funny, the only real crime here is a potential injury from discharging a firearm in the parking lot. The rest is nosy government anti-freedom BS that most of us take for granted as being 'better for the community'. In reality, the illegalization of drugs and prostitution leads to the formation of criminal elements. Can't stop he demand no matter how hard you try. Leave people alone and you have no real problem. But then no one listens to me.
Bernard Johnson February 13, 2014 at 09:06 PM
'Neighbor' makes some excellent points. Making drugs and prostiution illegal creates illict production and disribution channels that - were these two old as the hills pastimes legal, would not exist. Take away the profit motive from recreatinal drugs being illegal and take away the source of virtually all supply. Make prostitution legal and take away most of the dangers to those who purvey their wares, e. g. no more pimps. License prostitutes, require weekly health certifications and regulate where they can ply their trade - which virtually every other developed nation does. Also, let's end the absurd hypocracy of promoting liquor on TV, on billboards at baseball games and in virtually every communications medium, while insisting on making marijuana illegal. The so called 'War on Crime' is a vicious debacle - costing countless tens of billions of dollars. If you really want to do out society {as well as those south of our border} some good, legalize what are bnow illict drugs; in the process we can empty most of our prisons, remove the majority of activity that pre-occupies our criminal justice and law-enforcement systems. Of course, if someone's selling illicit drugs to juveniles, I'd suggest summary execution on the spot. But, seriously, beer and bourbon are legal, but, pot's not? The only reason{s} pot and other illicit drugs are illegal is because the government hasn't figured out how to tax 'em and the reactionary right, neo-con, fanatics are also predominantly 'Christian' - who buy into the whole Prohibition theory of social regulation. Just as Prohibition did nothing but fund the Mafia and create profound lawlessness [and contempt for the law], the prohibitions against and War on drugs does the very same thing. Think of all those profits to private prison operations and the billions of dollars flowing to law-enforcement that were once police departments, but, that are now full fledged para-military organizations. Leglaize and regulate prostitution. Legalize and regulate drugs. Eliminate the War on Drugs, but, offer counseling and therapy. Eliminate represssive government interference with choice. Effect serious border controls and reasonable immigration policies. Let's... get real.
Deerfield neighbor February 13, 2014 at 10:28 PM
Amen brother! I hope you were being serious and not sarcastic with that message. Government needs to stop the misguided notion that by controlling what consenting adults do between themselves behind closed doors they can make society better. Yes there should be a penalty for those who sell to minors and minors who try to buy or use such products or services (although we can debate if the arbitrary age of 18 is really a good way to assess whether one is responsible enough to use intoxicants or frequent prostitutes - I'd favor a test to receive a license). Basically, Deerfield and every other government entity should back off and let people be. We seem to have forgotten what the notion of liberty is about.


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