SOMERSET, NJ - Franklin Township Police are reminding people to lock doors, after a recent spike in car break-ins. 

All the burglarized vehicles were unlocked and were either rummaged through or had cash, credit cards, or electronics stolen.

“In each of these cases, the common variable was an unlocked door,” Franklin Township Public Safety Director Quovella M. Spruill said in a news statement. "The men and women of the Franklin Township Police Department are actively working to combat this issue. We cannot do this alone. We need your help. First off, lock your doors. If you see something, say something. Call us immediately if you see suspicious activity."

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Spruill is also urging the public to call the department call (732) 873 7277 if they see suspicious activity and asking home security camera owners to consider registering for the township's Stronger Together Program

A kitchen fire displaced a family living at the Harrison Somerset apartment building on Easton Avenue, early Saturday morning, according to police. A fire alarm alerted police at 2:05 am. Responding officers determined an appliance was in flames on the first floor of one of the apartment units. 

Firefighters from Franklin Township and The City of New Brunswick responded to the scene, evacuated residents, and extinguished the blaze, according to police.

Residents were allowed back into their apartments after approximately 3 hours, according to police. The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced with lodging. 

The Franklin Township Office of Fire Prevention determined that the fire began in the kitchen area near an appliance and does not appear to be suspicious in nature.

If anyone knows how to help the family. Email or call our tip line 908-279-0303 ext. 257.

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