CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Township Police sent out an "ACTNow" alert on Friday night, warning residents of an "unprecedented new wave" of home burglaries.
Township police reported that there have been four burglaries, which included two stolen vehicles. In all the burglaries, the thieves entered the homes through an unlocked door.
The complete message from the police can be read below:
Over the past few days Chatham Township has seen an unprecedented new wave of home burglaries in certain areas around the Township. To date, there have been four burglaries which have occurred in the overnight hours while residents were in their home. In two of these home burglaries a vehicle had been stolen. In all of these burglaries entry was made into these homes through an unlocked door.
Understandably, some residents are requesting more information but please understand that we can only release information that will not compromise our investigation. I can tell you that these burglaries are not only occurring in our Township. Surrounding towns have seen a similar trend with these home burglaries. In fact, there were four home burglaries in a surrounding town last night where entry was gained through an unlocked door.
Please know that the Chatham Township Police Department has increased patrols in the overnight hours. Additionally, we have been working in conjunction with several other jurisdictions to identify and apprehend those who have victimized our residents. We are aggressively investigating all four home burglaries with the assistance from all of our Law Enforcement partners.
We still need to emphasize that we need your assistance to take away further opportunities from these criminals. We ask that you double-check that your vehicles and homes are locked. Also, if you have an alarm system please set the alarm even when you are home. As a reminder, if you see anything suspicious or hear anything out of the ordinary please contact us immediately.