BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The looming threat of COVID-19 has kept a lot of people at home _ but not everyone; apparently some thieves breaking into vehicles are out and about, the Bernards Township police department warned this week.

While none of the recent vehicle burglaries occurred in Bernards Township, they took place in neighboring Warren Township, a police department spokesman said on Wednesday. 

Four vehicle burglaries were reported on Sunday evening, according to Warren Township police.

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"Although the state of New Jersey has seen a dramatic drop in violent crimes in recent days, we are unfortunately seeing an uptick in motor vehicle thefts," according to a message posted on the Bernards Township website on Tuesday, March 24. "In fact, the criminal element has been taking advantage of the current heath crisis by being more brazen and stealing cars in broad daylight, the message said.

Residents should not become complacent, and should continue to practice normal vigilance, the message said. "As this crisis brings out the best in our citizens and neighbors unfortunately it also brings out the worse in some," the posted message said.