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RW Homeowner Spooks Burglar

Police ask neighbors to be a little bit more nosey to prevent burglaries

A resident on Wyndemere Avenue arrived home Tuesday night to find an unwelcomed guest, a burglar. 

According to Captain Jacqueline Luthcke, the homeowner came home and thought someone was in her house. The suspect took off when she got there, Luthcke said. The incident occurred around 7:30 p.m.

The homeowner is still compiling a list to determine what valuables were taken, Luthcke said. Patrol, detectives, a County K-9 unit and the Sheriff's Department investigated. No suspect has been located.

"It's way too early to tell if this is connected to any of the others," Luthcke said of reported burglaries over the past few months. , most centralized around the area near Route 17 and the Saddle River Duck Pond.

"Keep your eyes open on your neighbors homes. If you see cars in the driveway that don't belong or people hanging out in the area that don't belong, call 9-1-1," Luthcke urged residents. "If you get home and think someone has been in your house, call 9-1-1 and do not enter your house."

Police say although they're out patrolling, residents need to do their part as well.

"We need neighbors that look out the windows like they used to," Luthcke said. "We need neighbors to be a bit more nosey sometimes."

Police asked those with any information regarding the burglary should reach out to detectives.

Various tips on how to prevent burglaries are up on the RPD's website. They're included below:

  • Have sturdy dead-bolt locks on all exterior doors – and use them.
  • Trim shrubbery back to avoid giving burglars cover, and trim tree branches so there is no access to upper windows.
  • Leave shades and blinds in normal positions.
  • Keep porches, entrances, and driveways well lit – consider installing automatic lights that turn on at specific times or when there is movement in the area.
  • Keep garages and sheds closed and locked when not in use – they offer excellent cover for a burglar attempting to break into a house.
  • Store tools and ladders securely out of the way when not in use.
  • Never carry identification tags on your keys.
  • Do not hide “spare house keys” outside.
  • Keep daily routines confidential and vary them when possible.
  • Do not put valuables where they are visible from a door or window of your home.
  • Do not let strangers into your home to use the phone – offer to make the call for them.
  • Put lights and television and/or stereo on timers (not just when you are away on vacation).
  • Make sure your exterior lights are not on during day light hours. (remember to adjust timers with seasonal day light changes).
  • Do not let newspapers build up on your driveway and/or property - have a trusted neighbor retrieve your newspapers and mail.
  • Do not let mail build up and/or over flow your mail box.
Michael Sedon January 25, 2012 at 08:44 PM
There's one small burglary prevention tip that is omitted from this list, by a gun. Nothing stops a would-be thief like a 9mm slug or a face full of buckshot.
James Kleimann January 25, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I can say factually that raccoon-related break-ins at the Sedon household are down.
Ridgewood Mom January 25, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Now let me get this straight. Unless you are talking about carrying a 9mm or a shotgun around with you everywhere you go, perhaps in a quick draw holster, I assume you are suggesting that people keep such firearms in their homes. And, in this case it would mean the home owner returning home to find both a burglar and a gun inside their house waiting for them. No?
Ridgewood Mom January 25, 2012 at 10:05 PM
I'm glad no one was hurt. I hope they catch the burglar. Is there a description of the suspect?
James Kleimann January 25, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Ridgewood Mom: No, I asked; a description couldn't be provided. If I hear anything, I'll let people know.
Boyd A. Loving January 25, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Perhaps a safer and more civilized approach to burglary prevention would be the purchase of a dog. Regardless of the dog's size, burglars generally don't like dealing with barking animals who might be likely to infect rather nasty bites. Dogs also can keep your feet warm at night.
* January 28, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Leaving a weapon in a convenient place to retrieve it is NOT a good idea. The Burglars are pros at uncovering valuables and hidden items. The thought of allowing a gun to fall into the hands of a criminal is a frightening one! Remember, once its in their hands, its a new ballgame

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