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Crime Prevention Tips: Preventing Burglary of a Motor Vehicle

Crime Prevention Tips

Preventing Burglary of a Motor Vehicle

Since July 2015 the Borough of Roselle has seen an increase in burglaries to motor vehicles. The burglaries are occurring sporadically throughout the Borough and those committing these offenses are entering vehicles through unlocked car doors. The police department is actively investigating and there are several things that you can do to prevent yourself from becoming a victim.

Take, Lock, Hide: The basic crime fighting tools to preventing burglaries to motor vehicles.

- Lock your vehicle. Yes, it takes seconds to break a window, but doing so makes noise - and criminals hate making noise. A majority of our burglaries have been to unlocked vehicles. If you leave it , LOCK IT.

- Hide valuables from sight, or, even better, take items with you. If criminals don't see anything, they're less likely to break in, and will go to the next vehicle. Remember to hide valuables BEFORE you park in the place you're leaving your vehicle. If a criminal sees you put a laptop in the trunk, he'll just break into the trunk when you leave. The same advice for putting property under a seat- if a criminal sees you reaching under a seat, he'll assume something is under there, and break in, looking for property.

- If you see suspicious activity, call the police. Interior vehicle lights on, people lurking around vehicles, dogs barking for unknown reasons may all be indications of something amiss. If you see something, say something.

What to do if your vehicle gets burglarized:

- Don't touch anything in or on your vehicle.
- Call the Roselle Police Department at 908-245-2000 or 911 if the suspect is still on scene.
- Make your neighbors aware of the burglary and consider starting a Neighborhood Watch program.

Remember, there is no 100% fool-proof way to prevent all crime. You can
make yourself less likely to be a victim of motor vehicle burglaries by following the above tips and by using common sense. Simply locking your vehicle and removing property from inside is half the battle.

Remember that YOU are an important partner in the fight against crime.

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