NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Spring break is quickly approaching and families throughout North Plainfield will soon putting the final touches on their vacation destination plans. However, for many, along with the anticipation of getting away comes the anxiety of leaving one’s home unattended for an extended period of time.

Empty homes, apartments, and condos can be targets for opportunistic criminals and, with that in mind, North Plainfield Police Chief, suggests following various home safety and burglary prevention tips.

“Make sure locks are in good working order and lock all doors and windows, consider installing timers on interior lights and install exterior motion lights, and close bedroom drapes or blinds,” said Parenti, adding, “Consider purchasing a home alarm system and post highly visible warning stickers and signs indicating one is in place.”

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According to Parenti, residents may also consider a video doorbell system like RING, which is currently offering a $25 discount to residents; information is posted on the North Plainfield Police Department’s Facebook page (

Prior to going away, the chief suggests residents write down serial numbers of valuables, such as TVs, laptops, gaming consoles, DVD players, etc., and take photographs of said items so that, if stolen, they can be tracked. Parenti also suggests not advertising assets or leaving things out in plain site.

“Hide laptop computers and other small electronic items or remove valuable technology from apartments or residences,” Parenti said. “Take items with you if possible.”

Other home burglary prevention tips include stopping mail and/or newspaper deliveries and having a trusted friend or neighbor to check on the residence during one’s absence. Additionally, said Parenti, be cautious when it comes to who knows you are away.

“Don't tip off criminals on the web,” said the chief. “Refrain from posting your spring break plans on social media.”

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