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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