HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ - Acting Hunterdon County Prosecutor Michael J. Williams and Acting Chief of Detectives Frank R. Crisologo are warning all county residents about recent increases in vehicle thefts and burglaries.

Williams said in a release that the recent rise in car thefts is not isolated to Hunterdon County, as surrounding counties are also seeing an increase in crime.

"In most instances, the burglarized cars were left unlocked with the keys or key fob inside the vehicle," he said in the release. "The crimes usually occur at night in the early morning hours. In some cases, the vehicles were left unlocked in the driveway with the garage door opener inside."

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"This poses the additional risk of a home burglary," he added. "These crimes of opportunity can be avoided using common sense by locking your vehicle, parking in well-lit areas and keeping any valuables out of sight."

Anonymous tips can be provided by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-321-0010, going online to CrimeStoppersHunterdon.com or through the free P3 Tips smartphone app. All tips are anonymous and kept confidential.