WESTFIELD, NJ — Hit the button on the key fob — the one that locks the doors. Don't leave your keys, or fobs, in your car, or your garage.

And when you do get in the house, lock the doors.

It's a simple message that police in Westfield are repeatedly telling the public after a recurring problem of car thefts of and burglaries from unlocked vehicles has kept them busy. If people aren't locking doors in Westfield, it's easy to see why.

Westfield is a town with low rates of violent crime. The real estate ranking website Niche.com describes Westfield as having a “sparse suburban feel” and a median home value of $743,400. A story in New York Magazine even reported that people here often liken their town to Mayberry, the idyllic setting for “The Andy Griffith Show.”

Those attributes, however, don't negate the need to lock your doors.

Listed here are 23 headlines showing a need to lock up. Think you got the message? Then send this story to your neighbors in Westfield as it's possible, even likely, one or more of them has not.

  1. Unlocked Cars Make Westfield a Soft Target. What Police Are Doing About It
  2. Police: 3 Teens Arrested in Latest String of Westfield Car Burglaries
  3. Men Arrested in Westfield Theft of Unlocked SUV Charged in Newark Homicide 
  4. Car Left Running, Unlocked at Diner in Westfield Stolen, Police Say
  5. Westfield Police Blotter: Frauds, Bicycle Found, Posters Stolen & Vehicle Burglaries 
  6. Westfield Police Blotter: Found Backpack, Vehicle Burglaries, Drugs & More 
  7. Westfield Police Blotter: Car Theft, Wallet Left on Hood & Multiple Frauds 
  8. Westfield Police Blotter: Car Stolen, Identity Theft, DUIs, More 
  9. Westfield Police Blotter: Identity Thefts, Dine and Dash, Vehicle Burglaries, Lost Ring Found & More
  10. Westfield Police Blotter: Identity Theft, Business Burglaries, Summer Rental Scam 
  11. Westfield Police Blotter: Fraud, Vehicle Burglary, Theft of Services
  12. Westfield Police Blotter: Running BMW Stolen, DUI Crash, Criminal Mischief
  13. Westfield Police Blotter: Sign Theft, Car Theft, Identity Theft & More
  14. Westfield Police Blotter: DUI, Burglary, Robbery, Criminal Mischief & More
  15. Car Thefts Rising, Westfield PD Tell Residents to Lock Up. Are They Listening?
  16. Car Thieves Coming to Westfield Get Bolder But Still Rely on Unlocked Doors
  17. Unlocked Cars Stolen in Westfield on Two Consecutive Nights, Police Say
  18. Unlocked Cars Targeted in Trio of Weekend Burglaries in Westfield, Police Say 
  19. Pandemic Doesn’t Stop Car Thieves From Targeting Westfield
  20. Westfield Police Blotter: Home Break-In, Vehicle Burglaries, Fraud
  21. After 19 Vehicle Thefts in Westfield, Another Unlocked Car Stolen, Police Say
  22. 3 Vehicles Stolen, 5 Entered in Weekend Spree, Westfield Police Say (Updated)
  23. Cars Stolen Out of Westfield Wrecked, Chased in Mountainside

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