FAIRFIELD, NJ — Fairfield Police, once again, are warning residents to make sure they lock their cars at night, even if the vehicle is parked in their driveway.

“Having grown up in Fairfield I can remember a time when it was not necessary to even lock the doors to our homes or vehicles,” said Fairfield Police Chief Anthony Manna. “Unfortunately, that time has long since passed. Keeping a car unlocked at night only makes a car thief’s job easier and ours more difficult.”

On May 30, at approximately 2:50 a.m., police responded to a Glenroy Road South residence after the homeowner was awakened and looked outside the window to see an African American male, wearing either a red or yellow baseball cap, standing outside of the resident's 2016 Mercedes Benz.

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The individual then fled the scene and the search for the suspect was unsuccessful.

Earlier this year, Fairfield and the surrounding towns had an increase of stolen cars from residential areas. At the time, at least three separate suspects were being sought, and one has been arrested.

“We are asking our residents to contact the police regarding any suspicious activity they observe in their neighborhoods” said Manna.