SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Police in South Brunswick are investigating a rash of car burglaries which occurred in Kendal Park and Monmouth Junction, according to a press release.
Police say they have seen an increase in car burglaries since early June.
"Cars are mainly being entered through unlocked doors," according to an alert from police. "Some car windows have been smashed when valuable property is left in the open."
Police say 13 cars were burglarized since early June, at night in the areas of Kendall Park and Monmouth Junction.
Purses, change, wallets, gift cards, credit cards, a laptop computer, and personal documents were stolen according to police.
Police identified a suspect from one of the car burglaries in Kendall Park thanks surveillance footage. Police are seeking the public's help to identify him.
Related information: Franklin Township Weekly Police Blotter
The car burglaries are still under investigation, but Police are reminding residents of some basic precautions they can take.
Lock your doors
While this may sound like common sense, most motor vehicle burglaries occur to unlocked vehicles. Even if your vehicle is parked in your driveway, the contents within it are still open for the taking. Simply locking the doors will deter those who might just be looking for an easy target.
Keep it tidy
Any personal items that are visible from the outside, even an empty shopping bag, could be seen as a valuable or a carrier of valuables.
Conceal all of your Property
Don't leave any bait out for thieves; put your electronics, purses, wallets, backpacks, and accessories well out of sight. Better yet, bring it in with you.
Completely close windows and sunroofs
No, it's not just because thieves might reach in through the gap and open your locks with a coat hanger. Open windows will disable the pressure sensor in some car alarms, leaving the vehicle more vulnerable to break-in and potentially giving thieves more time before the alarm sounds.
Park for visibility
Park in a busy, well-lit area, and avoid concealment from larger vehicles, fences, or foliage. Except for the most brazen thieves, the greater the chances are that someone might see a crime in progress, the lower the chances are that the potential thief will attempt it.
The alert urges residents that witness suspicious activity to contact their local police department.
Franklin Township Police can be reached at 732-873-5533 or via the TIPS Hotline (732) 873 7277 (PASS).
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