MORRISTOWN, NJ - During the summer months, families go away on vacation and enjoy outdoor activities. A vacation can sometimes turn into a bad experience, stated Sheriff James. M. Gannon.

"Houses can be burglarized and accidents can occur while trying to have fun," said Gannon.

According to the Morris County Sheriff's Criminal Investigation Section there were 213 residential burglaries, 104 commercial burglaries and 175 motor vehicle burglaries in 2016. The investigation unit suggests the following tips if you plan to travel this summer.

  • Contact your local police department to inquire about property checks.
  • Be aware of what you post on social media, including photos and where you “check-in.”  This alerts followers you are on vacation.
  • Make sure all doors and windows are locked.
  • Make your residence look occupied in your absence.  Set indoor and outdoor lights on timers, use motion sensors and have your mail and newspapers collected.
  • Do not have any home improvements done on your house while you are away.
  • Invest in a camera system or alarm company for home surveillance.  There are reasonably priced systems available.
  • If vehicles will be in the driveway, make sure they are locked and the garage door opener is not in the vehicle.
  • Lock valuable and important items in a safe place only you would know.
  • Consider having a friend or family member check on the house.


Sign up to get all the news as it happens at and follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter at @MorristownTAP.