EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Some residents of East Brunswick's Farrington Heights neighborhood have not been used to locking their doors or purchasing alarms to protect their property. It may be time to start.
The East Brunswick Police Department investigated four residential burglaries and three attempted residential burglaries on Saturday in the areas of Golden Pond Drive, Quaker Drive, Dorolee Drive and Crispen Lane. The time frame of the burglaries and attempts were between approximately 4 p.m. and 11 p.m.
All seven houses had the electrical meters pulled from the house and wires cut causing the power to go out, according to a report issued by the East Brunswick Police Department today.
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Entry was gained to the four houses by forcing open a back or a side door.
Proceeds from the burglaries were jewelry and cash from the four houses.
A white van with no markings, and no rear windows, possibly with New Jersey plates, being operated by a male, is the only suspect information to date.
The East Brunswick Police Department is actively investigating the burglaries and using directed burglary patrols throughout the township in an effort to prevent any future occurrences.
In an effort to deter and apprehend those attempting to burglarize resident’s homes, the EBPD is urging residents to report any suspicious activity in their neighborhood. All callers have the option to remain anonymous. Dial 911 for any emergencies or contact our dispatch center at 732-390-6900 for non-emergency calls. The East Brunswick Police Department encourages residents to reach out with any suspicious activity.
The East Brunswick Police Department encourages residents to be aware of the following:
- Report any suspicious vehicles parked in your neighborhood.
- Learn your neighbor’s schedule so you can recognize unusual activity such as open doors, windows or persons walking on or through the property who are unfamiliar to you. If you observe suspicious activity, report it to the police.
- In the event someone rings your bell claiming to be a solicitor, know that all solicitors must be permitted by the township. If person can’t provide proof or refuses to display their permit, close and lock your door immediately, then call the police.
- In many cases, burglars will ring your door bell to determine if someone is home. If someone answers, they will make an excuse why they rang the bell. They may ask for directions or to use your phone. Close the door and contact the police immediately, note a physical description, what kind of vehicle they were driving and direction of travel, if possible.
- Do not allow anyone into your residence claiming to be from any water department, tax office, electric department or any public or private utility. Criminals often will pose as utility workers in an attempt to create a distraction and steal your valuables once you let them inside. Keep your doors closed and locked and contact the police. Officers will respond to determine if the person(s) are from a legitimate service.
- Please do not attempt to intervene and approach anyone you believe to be suspicious. Be the best witness from a distance and contact the police immediately.
- Lock your doors and make your home appear occupied at all times. If you observe anything suspicious, contact the police.
- For additional tips on how to better secure your home, visit the East Brunswick Police Department website at www.ebpd.net. If you further questions about residential security or are interested in creating a neighborhood watch in your community, contact Patrolman Craig Hoover of the Community Policing Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-390-6938.
"The men and women of the East Brunswick Police Department are working hard to provide the safest community for all who live, work and visit our jurisdiction. Thank you for your continued support," Police Chief James Conroy said.