ROSELAND, NJ — Due to recent entries and thefts in Roseland and surrounding areas, police are urging all residents to lock their vehicles, make sure they do not leave keys or key fobs inside the vehicle under any circumstances and to remove all valuable items from the vehicle.
The Roseland Detective Bureau and surrounding police departments are currently working to identify a window of time that these entries and burglaries are occurring.
“Our intention is to increase our manpower in those targeted residential areas utilizing the West Essex Task Force when available," Roseland Mayor James Spango said in a statement on Monday night. "Additional personnel are being moved to the midnight shift until arrests are made.”
The nine Essex County police departments included in the joint anti-crime task force that was started in February in conjunction with the Essex County Prosecutor's Office (ECPO) include Roseland, Livingston, Fairfield, North Caldwell, West Caldwell, Caldwell, Essex Fells, Verona and Cedar Grove. The police departments in these municipalities are working in partnership to combat crimes that “go beyond established geographical borders,” according to the ECPO, such as burglaries, car thefts and other quality-of-life issues that affect residents.
Some residents have been able to see the suspects entering their vehicles through surveillance footage of the anterior of their homes. Any residents who observe a suspicious person or vehicle are urged contact their local police department immediately.