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Warren Township Police Issue Motor Vehicle Burglary Prevention Tips

 

in Wake of Recent Incidents

 

 

On Saturday, February 4, 2017 six vehicles, parked at local yoga studio, were forcibly entered and purses were removed.  The purses were left on the front seats of the vehicles all in plain view.  We are urging everyone to read and follow the below tips to hopefully prevent you from becoming the next victim.          

 

Purses/wallets, personal electronics, vehicle valet keys, sunglasses, credit cards, cash, checkbooks and cell phones should NEVER be left inside your vehicle, especially in plain view. If you must leave such items in your vehicle we recommend you conceal and secure them properly, out of sight, in the trunk or rear cargo area. However we urge you not to leave them in the vehicle.

 

Additionally, everyone should be aware that these vehicle burglaries often lead to other crimes such as fraud and identity theft.  We suggest you limit the amount of personal information you keep in your vehicle on a daily basis.    

 

While we know nothing is 100% full proof, we feel that by taking these precautions you can substantially reduce the chance of being a victim of these types of crimes.   We are actively working with surrounding towns on these and other vehicle burglar investigations in the hopes of bringing the person(s) responsible to justice. 

 

Criminals thrive on opportunity, DO NOT give them one. 

 

 

Chief William Keane

Warren Township Police Department 

 


 

Residential Burglary Prevention Tips

 

With the recent residential burglaries that have occurred in Warren Township, throughout Somerset County and in northern New Jersey, the Warren Township Police Department would like to take this opportunity to advise our residents of the current burglary trends and how to lessen the possibility of being a victim.

 

We believe the new style burglary crews currently spread out through New Jersey are affiliated with career burglars who typically strike between 7pm and 12am (midnight).  They work in groups of 2-4 persons operating expensive vehicles which would not typically stand out in your neighborhood.  Entry into homes has been gained by shouldering exterior doors or smashing rear glass doors.  Additionally, power boxes have been tampered with or ripped off the exterior of the residences.  The actor(s) are sometimes in the residence for several minutes ransacking numerous rooms, closets, desks, and dressers (etc) looking for anything of value. 

 

With this in mind what can YOU do to keep your home safe?

 

  1. Install quality door locks and dead bolts to all exterior doors of your home.
  2. If you do not have one or both, install an alarm system and surveillance cameras on the exterior and interior of your home.  Make sure the alarm is monitored by a central station that will immediately notify the police first of an activation.  Additionally, when you install cameras ensure that the system have a street, driveway, and perimeter views as well as the interior near all entrances of the home.  If you already have these systems make sure you activate them accordingly.  When having these systems installed or updated we suggest you have a battery/cellular back up in place as well as remote monitoring capabilities available.
  3. Install motion lights on the perimeter of your property and make sure the exterior of your home is always well lit during all night time hours.    
  4. Communicate with your neighbors.  Advise them when you’re going on vacation or extended weekend trips so they can monitor your home, mail and any activity that may be out of the ordinary.
  5. DO NOT post on any social media sites that you are on vacation and for how long.  We advise that you post any pictures/events from your trip after you return home. 
  6. Add your home to the Warren Township Police Department “Vacant House List” when you go on vacation or extended weekend trips.  Once on the list, your home will be specifically checked by the patrol division in your absence. Refer to warrenpolice.com for the vacant house list form.   
  7. DO NOT leave your keys in your vehicle or leave it unlocked at anytime while parked in your driveway.
  8. Report ANY and ALL suspicious activity you may see in your neighborhood, no matter how minor it may appear.

 

As always, the Warren Township Police Department remains willing and ready to assist our residents in any way we can.  If you would like to have a security survey performed please contact Lt. Eric Yaccarino at 908-753-1000. 

 


 

Operation Blue Angel

   

  

   The Warren Township Police Department with the assistance of the Honorary PBA and Township Committee is pleased to announce a program to assist residents 55 and older who, because of advanced age, mobility issues, or medical concerns, may be unable to answer their door in an emergency.

  

   Thanks to the generosity of the Warren Township Honorary PBA, who purchased the lockboxes, this program will be offered free of charge to any eligible resident. Additionally, if needed, Warrenville Hardware (61A Mountain Blvd. Warren, NJ) will graciously provide a duplicate key, free of charge, to residents who have been accepted into the program.

  

   Through Operation Blue Angel, a Police Department owned lock box similar to a realtor’s lock box is mounted to a door of the home with a key locked inside. In the event of an emergency, responding police officers are able to retrieve the key by using a code accessed by our Communications Center, allowing officers to quickly enter the home without causing damage. Following the event, the code is reset for security purposes and kept on file at Police Headquarters.

  

   Applicants to Operation Blue Angel must meet the following criteria and agree to our terms and conditions:

 

  • Must be 55 years of age or older, or have a medical condition that is potentially incapacitating
  • Must either live alone, or be home alone on a frequent basis
  • Must provide a key (or keys) for an entry door to the home
  • Must grant the Warren Township Police Department permission to access and use the key in a medical emergency
  • The Police Department maintains ownership of the lock box. If you should move, you must notify the Police Department so that we may retrieve the lock box.
  • The resident will not be given the code to the lock box and may not request access to the lock box, except in a medical emergency.

   Operation Blue Angel will begin on April 1, 2016. The application and liability waiver forms are available at the Warren Township Police Department, or online at warrenpolice.com. Anyone who needs help completing the application, is interested in other senior services, or wants more information about Operation Blue Angel can contact Lt. Paul Dziedzic of the Warren Township Police Department at 908-753-1416.