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Essex County Police Warn Residents to be Wary of Diversionary Burglary Tactics

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove and the surrounding towns have recently experienced numerous diversionary type burglaries where one person distracts the victim's attention while the other ransacks the house.  In response to this, Cedar Grove police urge residents to be vigilant of any suspicious activity, specifically related to diversionary type burglaries.  

Back in March, a Second Avenue resident was the victim of a diversionary burglary where jewelry was taken. More recently in August, a Stevens Avenue resident was the victim of a similar burglary when an unexpected individual, claiming to be a township utility employee, was given access to
the home by an elderly resident. The worker was supposedly there checking on a water condition inside the home. In this case a safe was taken containing  a large amount of cash.  Police also believe there was an attempt later that month on Center Avenue, but the resident denied the subject access and called police, but the suspects became nervous and fled before police arrived.  

Police say that residents should be skeptical when someone unexpected is at their door, especially if they are requesting access to their residence.  Police urge residents to ask for identification, look for marked utility vehicles or call the township to confirm workers. Generally, Cedar Grove Township Utility workers do not need access to your home without appointment and seldom, if ever, after business hours. Do not allow unscheduled or unexpected workers into your home and if there is any doubt call police immediately.

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