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Police Ask Residents For Help Preventing Burglaries

Toms River Police asking residents to take certain precautions, report suspicious activity

Toms River police this week are asking residents to take certain precautions after several burglaries that began last month have continued to affect locals.

Since Aug. 1, the police department has investigated a high number of residential and automobile burglaries that have occurred throughout town, Police Capt. Mitch Little said in a release.

The residential burglaries have predominantly occurred during the day or early evening hours to unoccupied residences, Little said.

Police are asking residents for help spotting and reporting any potential burglars, Little said.

“The Toms River Police Department requests the assistance of the public in preventing further burglaries,” Little said.

Residential burglars are known to knock on doors of potential victims to determine if the home is unoccupied, Little said. If a resident answers, the burglar will pretend to be lost and looking for directions, interested in buying a car or searching for a lost dog, Little said.

Police request any resident encountering a similar situation to contact the non-emergency police line at (732) 349-0150.

Residents are urged to be as descriptive as possible when reporting suspicious activity, Little said.

“Providing a good description of the individual, their vehicle and or a license plate number is extremely helpful to the responding officers,” Little said.

Residents should also call the non-emergency number if they observe anyone not known to them entering or exiting a neighbor’s yard or peering into vehicles, Little said.

The car burglaries have predominantly involved unlocked vehicles during the overnight hours, while a portion have occurred during the day, Little said.

Several more car burglaries have been a result of victims leaving their keys accessible on key racks at various health clubs throughout town, Little said.

“If you are heading into the health club to exercise, either lock your keys in a locker or carry them with you.  Do not leave them unattended on a key rack,” Little said.

Based on the current trend, locked cars seem to deter most of the burglars, Little said.

Police also recommend residents remove any valuables from their cars before leaving them unattended.

“If removal is impractical, lock these items in the trunk out of sight,” Little said.

Rachel Tomasi September 30, 2011 at 12:20 PM
If you mean certain minorities or illegals I've heard of a number of locals involved in one illegal activity or another and they were all if not local homeowners (some are) then offspring of locals and if memory serves they were ALL caucasian citizens of the USA. You can't generalize whole groups. I've also in my last house, also in TR had next door neighbors who were mexican and idc about stereo types, they were hard working with both parents working two jobs each and spotless homemakers. I'm just saying...
Charlie LaPlaca September 30, 2011 at 01:19 PM
Folks, while we appreciate the discourse, please keep it free of any kind of comments that could be construed as hateful toward specific groups of people. Any such comments will be removed from the discussion. Thanks.
Gabriel A. Calabrese September 30, 2011 at 02:29 PM
We're talking about house burglaries.....some people ought to realize thatg by going to the store close by doesn't mean you should leave your front door unlocked. Burglars also try turning the knobs to see if it is left unlocked. Ome people i know, particularly one female i know leaves hr door unlock while at the gym or local stores. Someday she will come home and find a burglar in her house. It is unfortunate to say but a female could be putting her life in danger and stands a good chance of being raped and/or murdered by the burglar. This is not a scare tatic. Lock your front(Or other doors) when leaving the house. Also equally as important is to leave them locked while you're home which is just as bad for the burglar tries turn the front door handle to see if it was left open. If you value your life and don't want to take a chance on being raped.......LOCK YOUR DOORS AT ALL TIMES!!! Same goes for your car doors. I worry about all you females who think it won't happen to you. I've met an alwful lot of females who found out ...IT COULD AND DID HAPPEN TO THEM!!!! I was a police officer for 28 1/2 years and met many victims. Take my word about that. I know what I'm talking about from experience. Again please lock your doors for your life's safety!
. September 30, 2011 at 09:41 PM
You have no right to single out women in your rant!! I have seen many men leave their cars not only unlocked, but running at a store. Thieves don't single out men or women. They go for the easy target no matter who it is. It is just as easy to lock a door than not. You can't make people do what they feel is okay. They are very, very foolish.
Eileen October 01, 2011 at 05:17 AM
Thank you Gabriel. I got your point, and appreciate your concern and advice.
Mattie October 01, 2011 at 03:38 PM
I live in Holiday City (west Toms River) now for the last two years. But before this I lived in Beachwood for more than 20 years. Beachwood, which as you all probably know, is a well mixed town of different income levels, ethnicity, trouble-makers, teens, etc. Beachwood, like most towns, has it's "issues" as far as petty crime, etc. Yet, I did not lock my front or back door, my car, or windows more than 10 times in that entire time- day OR night. That home had never been burglarized, and I never had anything stolen from my car, either. Not in all those years! Only 3 months after moving into Holiday City, I had my car rifled through -- misc. items and a couple dollars stolen out of it. I would forget to lock it now and then, and on the night of the robbery I had forgotten to roll up the window. The cops told me there were several cars and sheds robbed within two or three blocks of my home in two days. Senior developments are a "target", it seems. Now I understand why my own parents (also in H C for many years) lock their doors - day and night - without fail. What a shame.... So just because you may live in a "quiet, senior neighborhood" doesn't mean there aren't problems or crimes. As a matter of fact that quiet, senior neighborhood seems to attract petty criminals and scam-artists. Be Careful, always.
. October 01, 2011 at 04:58 PM
I just can't understand why people don't lock their home doors and windows and car doors, night or day. Why in the world would you leave them unlocked? That is unheard of in this day and age no matter where you live. Why do you think home alarm sales are the hightest ever? My doors are locked even when I am home. I see my neighbors leave their windows open when they are gone and can't believe it. Unlocked doors and windows are asking for trouble whether you are home or not.
Mattie October 01, 2011 at 06:04 PM
To "No Name" Well, I guess I "asked for trouble" for more than 20 years, but never got any. :-) Perhaps it was because I "protected" myself and my home in other (intangible, even mystical) ways. I did not have any sort of alarm system, other than one or two small dogs at any given time, so yeah, I guess I was taking my chances. Oh believe me, I always heard it from family and friends about my never locking my doors or car for all those years. I understand about people being shocked about that.... but it was what it was. Now I lock my doors every night and if I'm away from my home during the day. I keep my car locked all the time as well. It bothers me that by all stats and accounts I'm supposed to be living in a "safe and quiet" neighborhood now, but in reality that just makes me a target. I still refuse to lock windows and doors during the day - and "live in fear" 24/7. I will continue to use my alternative methods for daytime safety. ;-)
LA RUE October 03, 2011 at 01:40 PM
Mattie.....Good luck to you and your unlocked doors and windows during the day........I seriously believe you need to rethink that.Protect you and yours.
Jim Kelly October 04, 2011 at 12:20 PM
What! Call the non emergency number if we see what appears to be a possible burglary? Time to change this system guys. The loss of time in talking to one person who then send to another and then to another is crazy. This type of incident is a 911 call. You want the citizens to help, then help us, expedite this call system.
Steve Domanski October 04, 2011 at 12:28 PM
911 is only for when cars do not stop for people in crosswalk !!!!
1stcav October 04, 2011 at 01:55 PM
Chief ya kinda got priorities rass backwards according to the above posts, maybe we should re-think what #'s to call for the HOT line !!!
Rachel Tomasi October 07, 2011 at 12:05 PM
Obviously to each his or her own but I've ALWAYS locked all my doors and just like some other parents thought I was over protective of my kids they thought I was loony for locking my doors. Seriously? even my ex whom I was always annoyed at for leaving my van unlocked (god forbid someone is waiting in it one night) has started locking up. How many people need to be robbed before people lock up.
Penileimplants October 07, 2011 at 12:16 PM
Rass backwards...WOW REALLY ORIGINAL
Penileimplants October 07, 2011 at 12:19 PM
Hey Gabey Baby,Have you always been a chauvinist pig ?
LA RUE October 10, 2011 at 01:25 PM
Way to go Rachel....Stay loony and keep-it-up! I'm with you all the way!!! security systems people!!!!!


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