HAWTHORNE AND NORTH HALEDON, NJ - Following a spate of car burglaries and thefts in the boroughs, the respective police departments have issued statements, warning residents to take precautions as to their cars.  Hawthorne Police Captain Jeffrey Vanderhook advised residents to be vigilant and take common sense steps to secure their vehicles Wednesday, releasing a statement.  "Residents, please be aware that there has been an increase in thefts from motor vehicles in town and surrounding towns in the past 2 days," he said.  "Please help us help you!  Of all the reported thefts there has not been one window broken or lock popped...every car has been left unlocked!  Please do not make yourself a target by leaving valuables in your car or by leaving your car unlocked. Even if it is parked in your driveway, lock your car!"

Vanderhook further added that, if a resident has been victimized and has a video security system, then that person should contact the Detective Bureau at 973-427-1800 to assist police in identifying who committed the act.

The Hawthorne captain's comments echo those of the neighboring North Haledon Police Department, which said they are "asking all residents to lock their vehicles to prevent actors from entering unsecured vehicles. Please do not leave key fobs inside your vehicle(s). We have had recent reported burglaries into vehicles, thefts from vehicles and two vehicles stolen from town and recovered in Newark. Thank you for your help."

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