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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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jp1 October 04, 2012 at 12:16 PM
I agree home owners should be more responsible, but just where is Ridgewoods finest. Do they just show up for easy money at work sites.
Dennis Martinez October 04, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Agree with jp1 that all homeowners need to be more responsible and that preventative measures such as locking doors and windows should be a given. I would however like to see more police patrol presence throughout our neighborhoods. More often than not, I usually only see a Ridgewood police car when it is parked next to a PSEG truck.
dara brown October 04, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Get an alarm system and don't forget to turn it on. The cost of a basic alarm and monthly monitoring is almost negated by the savings on the homeowner insurance policy. Get some timers to turn lights on/off. If you see someone who doesn't appear to belong in your neighborhood or a suspicious vehicle, pick up the phone and call the cops. If someone pretends to be a solicitor knocks on the door, call the cops. If residents are proactive the perps can be caught.
Rickie10 October 04, 2012 at 01:12 PM
A large dog with a deep bark is also a great deterrent!
Andrew J October 04, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Ridgewood residents need to be more aware of what's going on but I agree with the above posters- we need more police presence! Perhaps if thieves see some more patrols in our area they'll stop targeting our properties. Lax police presence will only encourage new and repeat offenders to get bolder.
Marc D October 04, 2012 at 03:07 PM
If people are so careless as not to do simple things like LOCK THEIR DOORS all of the police presence in the world is going to make little difference. While I am not a Ridgewood resident, I read about the same careless in my community. In this day and age our lawmakers and the courts have made it almost impossible for the police to even approach & question people wandering around. Years ago I called the police to report a suspicious man at the library in my former home community of Morristown. I ended up being named as a defendant the man's civil rights lawsuit along with the town, the library and the police. I was dropped as a defendant, but only after having spent $5,000 in legal fees. The town ended up paying the guy a large sum. It was all over the papers years ago. He then went on the sue NJ Transit when commuters complained about him at train stations. .The courts have as much as said to leave the guy alone until he kills someone.
SR res October 04, 2012 at 03:22 PM
SR resident- just saying that saddle river pd has indicated that there is gang presence in town and they are stealing cars and attempting break ins. And yes, Ridgewood cops are busy giving tickets.
John Hahn October 04, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Dara Brown Wrote: If you see someone who doesn't appear to belong in your neighborhood or a suspicious vehicle, pick up the phone and call the cops. What makes a person Not belong. I go for walks in many neighborhoods that I do not live in. What does a suspicious vehicle look like? Just wondering.
J.C. Lee October 04, 2012 at 04:28 PM
John Hahn you are clearly a suspicious person in anyone's world. Just the mear sight you you walking around the neighborhood in that hat would strike fear into my neighbors and I, a call to 9-1-1 for a SWAT team would clearly be in order! On the serious side you do make a good point. The police are very limited in what they can do even if one does report what we feel to be "suspicious" . People can freely walk any public street and do not have to share with anyone what their "business" is, who they are or why they are there. We do not live in a society where a resident can summon the police to remove what the resident feels is an undesirable from "their street". The police walk a fine line in this area.
pm October 04, 2012 at 05:33 PM
ok so - you didnt lock the door - but its the cops fault someone robbed you? if the door isnt locked all a passing police officer sees is someone walking up the driveway and going in the door like they belong there. c'mon folks - get serious! if the town wanted to hire 3 more officers ( lets say1 each shift) and buy a new patrol car, you morons would be on here writing about excess spending for cops we dont need. lock your car and your house. the crook will move on to the next unlocked door.
jp1 October 04, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Tickets for what?
New To Town October 04, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Our LOCKED vehicle was stolen from the Ridgewood train station (west side lot) five weeks ago, in broad daylight. It has yet to appear in any of the press surrounding the increase in crime. It's not just negligent folks who fail to lock-up -- these criminals are clearly up to challenges, as well.
RdgwdGRock October 04, 2012 at 07:05 PM
deputize armed citizen patrols. when some of these robbers are shot, they will learn to stay away from Rdgwd. By the way, no robberies at Rdwd Coffee Company
bsmi021 October 04, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I just have 1 very sobering statement folks THE WORLD IS NOT WARM A FUZZY ANYMORE, This is the sad a scary times we live in today and there is such thing A SAFE COMMUNITY since crime can happen anywhere. I just very much hope it does not get to the point that more or any people get hurt, but please think ahead and be safe.
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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