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Multiple suspects forcibly broke into a house in Highland Park, awakening the residents who were inside sleeping, and burglarized the home late Sunday evening, police said.

The Highland Park Police Department said they are investigating the burglary, which occurred in the 1700 block of Dale Avenue.

The residents were inside the home at the time sleeping when they were awakened by their audible burglar alarm.

Multiple suspects were involved and stole personal belongings from various rooms of the home, police said.

The suspects did not have any interaction with the residents and subsequently fled.

No suspects are reported to be in custody.

An increase in burglaries to homes and vehicles is a national trend that is not unique to Highland Park, according to Highland Park city officials.

The police department said they continue to partner with law enforcement throughout the region to investigate area-wide reports of orchestrated crime groups targeting homes for burglaries.

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Authorities say residents should report people acting suspiciously, such as vehicles driving slowly and aimlessly, especially at night with lights off, and people loitering around parked cars or peering into windows.

“This incident is a good reminder to all residents to follow best practices for securing homes and vehicles every evening; in this case, the audible alarm deterred the offenders from engaging with residents, and there was no interaction with the homeowner,” city officials said.

Residents are reminded to lock their doors and windows, set alarms, remove key fobs and valuables from vehicles, turn on exterior lights and call the police department ahead of a vacation for a close watch on homes.