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Bernards Police Issue Reminders For Discouraging Thieves After Burglary Last Week

Bernards Township Police headquarters at the municipal complex, 1 Collyer Lane, Basking Ridge. Credits: By Walter Pardo

BERNARDS TWP., A residence on Madisonville Road was burglarized last week, and township police are seeking public input for the yet unsolved case.

Township police said the reported burglary occurred some time between 12:15 to 4:15 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23. Entry was forced through one of the home's doors, according to police.

A quantity of jewelry valued at approximately $250 was reported stolen, township police said.

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Police are asking members of the public who noted anything suspicious at that time that may be connected with the case to contact Detective William Seiple at police headquarters at 908-766-1122, ext. 613.

Police remind residents how to discourage burglars

At the same time, police issued some tips for how to discourage burglars. Township police have help public sessions in previous years to talk to residents about how to make their homes less likely to attract thieves, and how to keep residential property more secure.

Some anti-burglary basics, according to police:

- Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in. 
- Lock all doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed, even if for a short time.
- Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers. Consider leaving a television on.
- Keep your garage door closed and locked. 
- Don't allow daily deliveries of mail, packages, newspapers or flyers to build up while you are away.
- Arrange to hold your mail or have a friend or neighbor help collect it. 
- Don’t leave garbage /recycling containers out at the end of your driveway.
- Consider installing exterior lighting with motion detectors. 
- Check locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary. 
- Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors. 
- Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security.

If your home has been broken into:

- Do not enter - the perpetrator may still be inside.
- Use a neighbor's phone or cell phone to call police. 
- Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have arrived. 
- Write down the license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.

Other precautions you should take:

- Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes or other "secret" hiding places - burglars know where to look for hidden keys.

- The same goes for safes, which should be hidden in odd places where they will not be found (other than the master bedroom closet).
- Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions, including a description of the items, date of purchase, original value, serial numbers, and keep a copy in a safe place away from home. These steps are also a good precaution in case of fires or other disasters.
- Make a photographic or video record of valuable objects, heirlooms and antiques. Your insurance company can provide assistance in making and keeping your inventory. 
- Be a good neighbor. If you notice anything suspicious in your neighborhood, call 9-1-1 immediately.


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