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Westfield Officials Ask for Public’s Help to End Rash of Burglaries

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Westfield police are asking residents to share any information they have that could help end the rash of burglaries in town. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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WESTFIELD, NJ — Don’t be surprised if Westfield Police come knocking on your door, officials said during Tuesday night’s town council meetings. Detectives are following all leads when it comes to solving a recent rash of burglaries, and that means asking the residents a lot of questions, especially if there was a burglary on your block.

The uptick in burglaries in town began in December, Westfield police Chief David Wayman told the town council at its conference meeting Tuesday. The crimes are taking place during daytime hours and aren’t confined to one part of town, he said.

“It’s pretty much spread out though the entire town, primarily located on the western side of town, north and south side,” Wayman said.

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Mayor Andy Skibitsky said that the town has been experiencing one or two burglaries each week.

Officials are asking the public to call 911 immediately if they see anything suspicious, as thieves are often in and out of a home in a matter of two to three minutes.

“911 handles about 35,000 calls a year. They can handle a few more,” Skibitsky said.

 “If anyone has any information at all … feel free to call our detective bureau directly or email police@wpdnj.org,” Wayman added. He told the council, “I’m confident that we will have a successful conclusion."

Wayman wrote an article with additional information and tips to help prevent burglaries. To read it, click here.

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