A rash of car burglaries in Glen Rock, including nine during the overnight hours between Wednesday and Thursday, has police there warning residents to lock their cars and keep valuables out of sight.
An "unusual amount" of burglaries over the last three nights prompted an alert posted to the department's Facebook page Thursday. In one incident the preceding night, a car window was "smashed because of items visible inside the vehicle," police said, but in all other cases the cars have been left unlocked.
"Each night they're concentrated in a different area," Detective James Calaski said. In addition to the nine reported Thursday, "similar amounts" were received by police the last two days, with reports still trickling in, he said.
"If people locked their doors and left valuables out of sight, we wouldn't be having this problem," Calaski added.
Though police have no suspects in the string of thefts, authorities say they have been encountering juveniles on the streets in the early morning hours and are asking parents to help the department be "proactive" in stemming the uptick in crime by keeping tabs on their children as the summer winds down.
Cops are urging residents to report suspicious people and activities to police immediately.
Anyone with information regarding the incidents can contact Calaski or Sgt. Eric Reamy of the Glen Rock Police Detective Bureau at 201-670-3948 or 201-670-3947.