WESTFIELD, NJ — Police are investigating a home burglary in the Fourth Ward and as of Wednesday had made no arrests in the case, authorities said.

A burglar broke into a home at 2:12 p.m. in the 10 block of Cottage Place March 16, police said on Wednesday. Last week, authorities notified the neighborhood of the burglary in a Nixle alert.

Anyone seeing suspicious activity is requested to call police at 908-789-4000.

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Warmer weather often brings with it a spike in crime. Westfield police previously issued the following tips to help residents stay safe.

  • Lock your car doors and don’t keep valuables in plain view or, better yet, don’t keep valuables in the car at all when it is unattended.
  • Keep all doors and windows to your home locked, even when you are home or in your yard. Don’t forget to keep the garage and shed doors locked as well.
  • Minimize landscaping around doors and windows so that it can’t be used as cover for someone attempting to enter your home.
  • Do not announce impending vacations or family events via social media or in any gathering where you cannot control who hears or views such information. (You can always report on such things after the fact.)
  • Make sure your house looks lived in from the street. Put lights (and perhaps a radio) on timers. Don’t let mail or newspapers accumulate in view. Either stop delivery or ask a trusted neighbor to pick it up for you.
  • Motion activated exterior lighting and/or alarm systems have been proven effective, and with the technology available today, there are many surveillance systems available that homeowners can manage remotely.

Email Staff Writer Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net; Follow him on Twitter: @MattKadosh

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