The Oak Park Police Department has scheduled two meetings on Dec. 7 and 8 at Oak Park Village Hall, 123 Madison St., to discuss carjackings in the area and other police-related issues.
Police Chief Anthony Ambrose and members of his command staff will take questions from the public at the meetings set for 7 p.m. on Dec. 7 and 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 8.
The open-ended discussion will address the recent attempted carjackings that took place on Nov. 28 in the 700 block of North Lombard Avenue and the 1200 block of North Austin Boulevard.
"Police say the much-publicized attempted carjacking here this week may be part of a wave of incidents that have occurred throughout the Chicagoland area, with teenage offenders involved in similar incidents from the loop to the north and western suburbs," according to a notice from the village. "Oak Park police are working closely with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office and other law enforcement agencies, but need the public's help to reduce the opportunities for such crime, including reporting suspicious persons and activities."
The attempted carjacking on Lombard has prompted a new discussion amongst residents about whether the village should install more lighting along residential streets and alleys around northeast Oak Park.
"In addition to answering questions from attendees, Police will discuss how Oak Park may be affected by what has become a wave of much-publicized similar crimes involving teenagers that have occurred recently throughout the Chicagoland area from the loop to the north and western suburbs," according to a village press release.
The police are encouraging residents also to review crime prevention tips available at www.oak-park.us/policetips.
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