What is scarier than a carjacking? And lately Oak Park and other close-in suburbs and city neighborhoods have been plagued by this cold and opportunistic crime. 

This week the Oak Park Police Department will hold two public meetings — Thursday evening and Friday morning — to report to citizens on the status of recent crimes, to listen to concerns residents fairly have for their safety and to discuss ways we can all be more aware of our surroundings whether in our car during a bump-and-run or while we are outside of our cars. 

Good for the cops to directly address that this is a new and disturbing variation on urban crime. There is no ready solution but there is benefit in honest talk and greater awareness.

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