Warren Township Police Announcements & Alerts

2017 Holiday Safety and Awareness



     While the holiday season is currently in full swing, I along with all the members of the Warren Township Police Department would like our residents to stop and take a minute to review these safety tips:


     When you are out shopping don’t leave packages or any valuables in your car visible to tempt a "would be" thief that may be in the area.  If you must leave items in your vehicle we suggest you lock them in the trunk and out of sight.


     Also, while shopping, keep a close eye on your purse, wallet, or handbag.  Do not leave them unattended in a shopping cart or on top of your vehicle for someone to easily steal while you are distracted. 


     If you plan on leaving your home for an extended period of time we suggest you ask a trusted friend or neighbor retrieve your mail daily and make periodic checks of your home.  Additionally, the use of indoor/outdoor light timers as well as motion activated exterior lights can be a very good deterrent for possible burglars.


     If you are expecting deliveries we suggest you have your packages delivered on the side or rear of your home, out of view from the street.  If that is not an option, make sure you retrieve your packages from the front of your home as soon as possible.  This will hopefully prevent theft and or burglary at your residence.


     When it’s time to host your holiday or New Year’s Eve party we urge you and your guests to drink responsibly and utilize alternative transportation such as a car service or designated driver to get home at the end of the night.  


     Lastly, while we know the holidays are a stressful time with numerous things happening, we ask all our residents to be alert and vigilant of your surroundings.  If you see something out of the ordinary don’t hesitate to report it to the Police as soon as possible.  We are here to serve you and keep the community safe during this holiday season.  On behalf of me and the entire Warren Township Police Department we wish you a Happy Holiday Season and a Prosperous New Year!



Chief William Keane


Warren Township Police Department 



Stolen Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Burglary Tips 



With the summer months nearing, we sometimes see an increase in stolen vehicles and vehicle burglaries.  The Warren Twp. Police would like to remind you of some helpful tips so you do not become a victim. 


Ensure that you always LOCK YOUR VEHICLE whether it’s parked on your street, in your driveway, out shopping or at your local gym, or in your garage.  A majority of the time a would-be thief will move on to the next vehicle when encountering a locked vehicle as opposed to breaking into it and drawing attention. 


Make sure your residence/business is well lit during the evening and overnight hours.  Thieves typically look for darker areas to commit these burglaries for less visibility by passing motorists, neighbors and police. 


DO NOT leave spare keys or anything of value in your vehicle.  Purses/wallets, electronics (iPods/iPads, laptops, GPS Units etc), vehicle valet keys, sunglasses, credit cards, cash 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 or secure them properly, 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 as well as keep a record all of the serial numbers of your valuables and store it in a safe place in your home.  


 While we know nothing is 100% foolproof, we feel that by taking the precautions we’ve suggested you can seriously reduce the chance of being a victim of these types of crimes.  If you see any suspicious persons or activities in your neighborhood, call 9-1-1 immediately.  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.