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Spike in Car Burglaries Reported in Ridgewood

Items taken – often from unlocked vehicles – range from loose change to laptops.

Continuing a recent trend, numerous car burglaries have been reported in Ridgewood in the last week.

According to Ridgewood police, four incidents alone were reported on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

At about 5 a.m. a Briarcliff Road resident saw a man rummaging through his car, which was parked in the driveway. Police say the man fled when he began banging on the window. Despite police and a county K-9 unit searching the area, no suspect emerged.

On the same day, two North Murray Avenue residents told police they'd been scoped out. One woman told the cops some cash was taken from her wallet, which was left in the car. Another said his vehicle had been entered but did not notice anything missing.

Perhaps needing quarters to park downtown, a thief was reported as having taken spare change from a vehicle on West End Avenue.

Things cooled down a bit until on Monday, Oct. 8 when a landscaping company that had been parked at the vacant Ken Smith Ford property told police someone had broken into two trailers and grabbed some items.

The range of items stolen from often unlocked vehicles runs the gamut, according to police.

"The majority is into unlocked vehicles and items from loose change to laptops have been stolen," cops said last week. "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."

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Andrew J October 11, 2012 at 12:02 AM
I agree locks deter crime but police can act as a good deterrent too. Lock everything and the bad people go away? What about the recent smash and grabs? There were cars locked near duck pond that had windows smashed. Boyd's insurance argument is ridiculous. By that token, insurers should deny your claim if you fall asleep with a window open and someone enters your home. Take it a step further -If someone is physically injured confronting the perp should he or she not be covered by medical insurance? It's obvious we should be locking our homes and cars but I take issue with an increase in crime in our community with folks and the police happily in denial.
Ridgewood Mom October 11, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Michael, I couldn't help notice the picture of a car on your profile. DId you leave the doors unlocked? :)
News Man October 11, 2012 at 11:17 AM
I have been in Mike's car, and suggest that he hope somebody would take it. It's a classic and worth big bucks and covered under ALL conditions of loss. Even at a planned firesale for parts it's worth big bucks. More than my 1927 Essex.
J.D. Luke October 11, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Andrew J, Boyd's argument stated that coverage should be denied if there's no evidence of breaking and entering. While one might take issue with that stance after considering slim jims and the like, smashed windows such as you describe should stand as fairly clear evidence, no?
Andrew J October 11, 2012 at 03:10 PM
J.D., yes a smashed window would be evidence of a break, but I mentioned that as an example that with thieves around, a mere lock is not enough and as an example that thieves are becoming more aggressive and taking things a step further. I'm not sure why there has been so much resistance from some posters to comments asking for more law enforcement response. As for Boyd's theory, and I won't harp on it beyond this and waste any more of the group's time on it - we all have different opinions and reasons, but beyond the open window example, homeowners can easily get around that by breaking a window and then calling the insurance company. Yes, it's fraud and it's wrong, but it would take about 2 sec for people to realize that that's the solution to such an insurance claim -and there goes any 'punishment' to people who don't lockup. It's easy to just say deny coverage but I can't see how it would even be enforced consistently or serve its purpose (my opinion only) Where would the line be drawn? If someone leaves a garage door open while he is in the backyard for a minute is the garage fair game? What if someone is unloading their car and leaves the trunk open while unloading? How many leave cars warming up in the driveway? Yes people need to be aware and careful and lockup; I'm just amazed at the responses blaming the victims without sounding concerned that crime is on the rise in the community which I see as the bigger issue. Thanks for reading, stay well, EVERYONE!.

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