DENVILLE, NJ – The Denville Police Department (DPD) is investigating three separate car burglaries and the theft of a car, all of which occurred the night of July 6 in the Shawger Road area of Indian Lake, DPD announced in an advisory on July 7. The perpetrator(s) used a credit card stolen from one of the vehicles to make fraudulent purchases. The advisory further stated that the department also recovered in the Indian Lake area a vehicle stolen from another town.

According to the advisory, in each case, the car owners left the affected vehicles unlocked. Both stolen cars also had their ignition keys left inside them.

“We cannot stress enough that you need to lock your vehicles and remove all valuables, [including] GPS devices, credit cards and especially the car keys, every night regardless if you are parked on the street or in your driveway,” DPD stated. “The current rash of car burglaries and thefts affecting our area have all involved unlocked vehicles. Help prevent yourself from becoming a victim, please lock all your vehicles!”

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The advisory also reminds everyone to participate in the #9pmroutine.

“Set an alarm/reminder on your smart phone or other device that is set to go off each night at 9 p.m., which will remind you to make sure your vehicles are locked and any valuables have been removed.”

DPD is encouraging residents who live in the Shawger Road area to review their home security video footage, if equipped, for any suspicious activity occurring the night of July 6 or the morning of July 7. For anything unusual, calls should be directed to 973-627-4900, x9, so that an officer can respond, view and possibly collect a copy of the video for evidence.

DPD also is urging households with home security video systems to register their systems with the department’s Virtual Crime Watch program. Virtual Crime Watch is a database of available systems that may have captured criminal activity or those responsible for it in the neighborhood.

“[Virtual Crime Watch] simply allows us to identify those residences or businesses that may have video,” the advisory stated. “It does not grant us access to your system in any way. You can register by completing a form in the Online Forms section of our website,” is a member of the New Jersey Press Association and is a hyperlocal news site that serves residents, organizations and business owners of Denville, New Jersey.

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