Oak Park cops report rash of garage break-ins

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

Oak Park police said six garages were broken into and five others damaged in failed attempts to enter overnight, Oct. 19, in the north central part of the village.

Golf clubs, a lawnmower, a snowblower, a bicycle and a camera were stolen in the incidents, the statement from police said.

Six garages were entered with a pry tool or brute force, police said, while the other five were damaged by similar attempts but remained secure.

Four incidents occurred in the 1000 and 1100 blocks of Fair Oaks Avenue and three occurred in the 1000 block of North East Avenue and the 1100 block of Columbian Avenue. One occurred in the 1200 block of North East Avenue.

Police are urging property owners to install lighting with features like motion detectors or automatic dusk-to-dawn switching. Officers will be stepping up patrols in alleys throughout the community.

Anyone with information about these incidents can call police at 708-386-3800 or email police@oak-park.us.

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OP Guy  

Posted: October 25th, 2011 12:38 AM

Yes, that's true, Berwyn. There are many good people in Austin and Maywood, but there are also plenty of criminals to go around also. I was using your previous example, because whenever someone writes something about those 2 areas being crime ridden and affecting OPRF, there are always those that immediately paint them as racists.

Berwyn  

Posted: October 24th, 2011 3:16 PM

It also means that even if people from those communities commit crimes doesnt mean all people from there are criminals.

Nature Guy  

Posted: October 24th, 2011 2:35 PM

I leave my pet alligator in the garage. That seems to do the trick.

OP Guy  

Posted: October 23rd, 2011 9:07 PM

Yes, very true, Berwyn. So, when someone says that Maywood and Austin are high crime areas, and that it affects the level of crime in OP and RF, they aren't automatically saying that black people as a race are criminals... Interesting how some people can't see the difference.

Berwyn  

Posted: October 23rd, 2011 8:45 PM

If all crime this week is committed by white criminals, THAT DOESNT mean all criminals are white. Remember that. Or that all white people are criminals. I can see how people generalize tho.

OP Guy  

Posted: October 23rd, 2011 8:40 PM

Educated Ethnic, also, before you start ignorantly calling people "racist", you should at least consider that I/others never talked about "race". High crime, poverty, poor education... all have a strong correlations, so how can you be so sure that when people throw out Austin and Maywood (which ARE high crime areas, and DO affect OP/RF in a very real way) as examples, they are referring to race? Someone who is "educated" would have considered those important fact, as oppose to jumping the gun.

OP Guy  

Posted: October 23rd, 2011 8:34 PM

Educated Ethnic. If you had followed the stories of crime in OP/RF closely, and have paid attention to the addresses of the criminals, and did a search on those locations, you'd clearly see the much of the crimes are being preformed by people from Austin AND Maywood. I'm not just talking about in the present, but also in the past.

Violet Aura  

Posted: October 23rd, 2011 6:19 PM

@Ethnic: I heartily agree with you! Forest Park comes to mind...LOL

Educated Ethnic from Forest Park  

Posted: October 23rd, 2011 8:57 AM

I find most of your comments offensive. Why do you assume the people from "the West Side" or "near Austin" ...and the best (most racist) comment was "from Maywood area" are your problem for "crimes" in Oak Park. Had it ever occurred to you that the culprits aren't from these areas?

OP Guy  

Posted: October 21st, 2011 6:11 PM

Anne, it's true that unemployment is a huge factor, but a culture of not wanting to work, and relying completely on state benefits HAS become a culture to many... don't take my word for it, there are vocal residents in Austin that complain about this very issue. It not ALL down to we have houses and jobs and they don't. Also, there is a culture of looking down on the educated and successful in Austin, discouraging kids from going to college... Not exactly in context to breed hard workers.

Paddy Boy  

Posted: October 21st, 2011 5:23 PM

They better not take me Lucky Charms!

Mark McDermott from Oak Park, IL  

Posted: October 21st, 2011 1:38 PM

Beefing up your entry door framework would certainly help. Perhaps some neighbors up and down an alley might be willing to set up surveillance equipment on their property to watch and tape activities in the alley. Volunteers with cellphones could be found to spend an hour or so during the night to keep watch. It's a pain getting up in the middle of the night, but the OPPD can't be omnipresent. We're our own best security.

Silly  

Posted: October 21st, 2011 1:25 PM

JW, I do not agree with you as evidenced by Oak Parks Section 8 population. There are always gonna be some bad apples in the crowd, just like yourself.

Jonny Wad  

Posted: October 21st, 2011 11:47 AM

Silly - responsible, employed people would not require additional handouts to find a place to live. Section 8, etc does nothing but attract irresponsible, tax eating individuals with no skin in the game (i.e. little to no interest in keeping up the property and/or neighborhood).

Kelly from Oak Park  

Posted: October 21st, 2011 11:27 AM

THIS is NEWS?!? So long as people can walk over from Austin and see your stuff, there's gonna be crime. Sad but true.

Steve from Oak Park  

Posted: October 21st, 2011 11:00 AM

Here's a quick solution: nail an appropriate sized 2 x4 between the joists by the lock/doorknob of your LOCKED garage door. They can't pry the door open, so they will go to your neighbor. Can't stop the crime, just don't make it easy.

Mark Finley from Oak Park  

Posted: October 21st, 2011 10:41 AM

If you think the problems are limited to Maywood and Austin, then move. I think the stats prove out that there is crime in Naperville and Dupage county as well. The issues of unemployment and lack of real prison reform will exist and add to the causes of crime until we as a nation deal with them with an outcomes based plan. The cost of the three strikes prison movement has added additional and unnecessary debt to the state. We are the state, we are the government. The time to fix this is now.

Silly  

Posted: October 21st, 2011 9:12 AM

By having affordable housing in Oak Park there is one way to keep people working and out of crime in our Village. Interfaith and our Village leaders should be applauded for their efforts towards these goals.

Anne from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: October 21st, 2011 8:43 AM

You've got homes & resources. Unemployment in black neighborhoods is 2 1/2 times what is for whites & don't tell me nobody wants to work. If you want to cut recidivism & save tax money (prison is expensive), offer a place to live and job training to ex-offenders when they get out of prison for selling the pot your grandson bought.

T.J. from Oak Park  

Posted: October 21st, 2011 8:34 AM

So What's new? This type of crime has been consistently happening for the last four decades in Oak Park.

bilbo baggins from op  

Posted: October 21st, 2011 7:21 AM

Denial doesn't help. A decrease from "really high" to "high" crime means crime is still a real problem. I refuse to wait until Austin and Maywood solves all their social ills - I agree w/ Muriel: LOCK THEM UP.

OP Guy  

Posted: October 20th, 2011 10:42 PM

Yes, so the numbers show, but there is still crime, and enough scum that venture over to OP/RF for easy pickings. OP is not a bad place, but the issues across it's borders do affect the village, whether people want to acknowledge it or not. It's not just about a safer community for OP, but also the decent people that live in the depressed areas. The problem is, there are many in Austin and Maywood that don't want things to change, and THAT'S a huge problem.

Chris Carrier  

Posted: October 20th, 2011 10:32 PM

Yep, here's the story on the decrease in crime: http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/10-18-2011/Crime_dropped_everywhere_in_Oak_Park

Chris Carrier  

Posted: October 20th, 2011 10:31 PM

Aren't statistics showing that crime is decreasing? Just because a pattern like this is reported doesn't necessarily indicate that things are getting worse.

OP Guy  

Posted: October 20th, 2011 10:08 PM

Muriel, I agree that these criminals need to be dealt with, but the issue is we can't throw a life sentence on a person who breaks into a few garages. Repeat criminals typically keep committing crimes, because it's their bread and butter, they have drug dependancies, they can't do anything else, they aren't willing to work hard for little money... it's a problem with poverty, poor upbringing, drugs... It's not going to change much until the larger problems in Austin and Maywood are dealt with.

muriel schnierow from River Forest  

Posted: October 20th, 2011 5:53 PM

i am horrified by this increase in crime. i suggest a careful review of criminal history if the culprits are found. We cannot release prisoners who are committed to crime as a way of life.

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