WARREN, NJ - Two vehicles, parked at a local daycare center on Mountain Boulevard, were entered and a purse, a wallet, cash and an iPhone were removed on Tuesday, police said.
The items were left on the front seats of the vehicles all in plain view.
A purse containing $400 in cash was removed from an unlocked vehicle at 5:47 p.m. and a wallet containing $640 in cash and an iPhone were removed from an unlocked vehicle at 6:39 p.m. at Kindercare.
The Warren Township Police are urging everyone to read and follow the below tips to "hopefully prevent you from becoming the next victim":
Purses/wallets, personal electronics, vehicle valet keys, sunglasses, credit cards, cash, checkbooks and cell phones should NEVER be left inside your vehicle, especially in plain view.
If you must leave such items in your vehicle we recommend you conceal and secure them properly, out of sight, in the trunk or rear cargo area. However we urge you not to leave them in the vehicle.
Additionally, everyone should be aware that these vehicle burglaries often lead to other crimes such as fraud and identity theft. We suggest you limit the amount of personal information you keep in your vehicle on a daily basis.
"While we know nothing is 100 percent foolproof, we feel that by taking these precautions you can substantially reduce the chance of being a victim of these types of crimes. We are actively working with surrounding towns on these and other vehicle burglar investigations in the hopes of bringing the person(s) responsible to justice.
"Criminals thrive on opportunity, DO NOT give them one," said Warren Township Police Department Chief William Keane.