PISCATAWAY, NJ – The 'social distancing' is not stopping car thieves from going into unlocked cars. Residents are reminded to lock cars and remove valuables.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Piscataway Police said:

“Due to an increase in thefts from motor vehicles throughout the town, the Piscataway Township Police Department would like to remind our residents to lock their car doors, even if they are parked in their driveway.

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“We have seen a number of thefts from unlocked vehicles over the past few weeks.

“The investigation continues as to who may be responsible for these crimes.

“To prevent and reduce the threat of falling victim to this crime, here are a few tips:
• Don't leave valuables in your car: That sounds like “common sense,” but drivers or passengers leave items of value in plain view every day. If you leave valuable items visible in your car, your car is automatically a target. If you have to leave packages or shopping bags in your car unattended, lock them in the trunk out of sight. This includes leaving “loose change” in the console or cup holder.
• Leave no trace: Don’t leave any “sign” that there might be valuables “out of sight” in your vehicle, such as docking stations or connector cables. Leave nothing in plain view that might make your vehicle worth getting into by a thief; especially coins or phone chargers. Additionally, remove your garage door opener from plain view. Depending on how it is programmed, it could be used to open your garage, attached residence or building.
• Lock all vehicle doors: Every year, we have items stolen from unlocked vehicles where the owner was only going to be gone “just for a second.” It only takes seconds to steal your belongings!
• Set any alarm or anti-theft device: If you have one, use it! Many people believe that car alarms no longer make a difference, but they can be an effective deterrent to an auto-burglar, who most often chooses the easiest target.
• What to do if your car is burglarized: As soon as you notice something has been stolen or that your car has been broken into, do not touch/adjust anything in, on or around the car. As soon as possible, call the police to report it and let the responding officer determine if evidence is present.”

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