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Burglaries on the Rise in Ridgewood

Cops asking public to take bold preventative measures, like locking doors, windows.

Ridgewood police are reminding citizens to take more precautions to limit the increasing number of burglaries in the village.

According to police, two Gateway Road homes on Sept. 25 were hit by thieves. Police say one resident reported computer equipment was grabbed and cash was taken from a purse in the home. The home was entered through an unlocked door, police said.

Later that day another resident on Gateway told police jewelry was missing from the home. In that case, a window was found damaged and the resident's sliding door was also found unlocked.

In response to the uptick in burglaries, police are asking residents to secure their homes where possible. 

"We would like to remind residents to secure your home including windows accessible from the ground or roofs," police wrote in a statement. "Some of these burglaries have occurred when the homeowner was present. We also recommend not leaving expensive items like jewelry and cash in areas of you home that will make them easy to find."

Police have also observed a rise in burglaries to vehicles.

"Tthe majority is into unlocked vehicles and items from loose change to laptops have been stolen," police said. "Please make sure your vehicle is locked and expensive items are not in plain sight. Garage door openers left in unsecure cars can also give a burglar access to your home."

More information on community policing initiatives for crime prevention can be found here.

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barry October 05, 2012 at 12:48 AM
I am sure this has nothing to do with the lousy economy, lack of jobs or free healthcare these perps are now eligible for.......what food stamps not paying for the fancy clothes and Iphone?
dara brown October 05, 2012 at 12:40 PM
While walking the dog this AM I noticed a white unmarked van tossing newspapers/advertisements into driveways. I didnt get one *prob bc I am a subscriber to a major NJ paper that used to toss this crap in my driveway*. My point is, when I go away, I STOP mail and newpaper delivery. Here is a holiday weekend and these morons are tossing crap into people's driveways who are away for 3 days...thus advertising to burglars that nobody is home. And to those who are 'clueless' as to what a suspicious vehicle looks like, just keep ignoring the obvious, and perhaps your home will be the next one violated. I suspect the post was an blatant attempt to bait others into responding.
jp1 October 05, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Yes just like Florida.
Fan of Ridgewood October 05, 2012 at 07:23 PM
i had a stuffed penguin kidnapped from the Westside Presbyterian Church. The police were useless.
Ben October 10, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Gateway Road is Ridgewood in address only. That's more like Washington Township.

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