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Haworth Police Department
Monday December 12th, 2016 :: 10:53 p.m. EST

Advisory

CAR BURGLARIES / BURGLARY TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON:

Late last night / early this morning (12/11/2016-12/12/2016) multiple unlocked vehicles on the east side of Haworth were burglarized. Please remember to lock your vehicle doors and as always report any suspicious activity immediately to the Haworth Police Department.
Also note the below message regarding overall vigilance this time of year.

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The holiday season is upon us and the Haworth Police Department would like you to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity.

REPORT THE FOLLOWING:
- Suspicious vehicles circling the area or parked on the block
- Suspicious people approaching your neighbor’s front door, driveway or rear yard on foot.
- Strangers who knock on your front door or ring the doorbell. If you answer they may come up with a random story or claim they have the wrong house. Burglars have utilized this strategy to see if you are home. If they don’t get an answer, they’ll force their way in through a door or window.
- Utility workers requesting to enter your home that seem suspicious. In the past, burglars have posed as utility workers in order to be granted entrance into a home. Always request to see their identification. When in doubt, call the police to verify.

MAKE YOUR HOUSE APPEAR OCCUPIED BY:
- Putting lights on timers and adjusting them for the season.
- Installing motion-sensing lights around your residence.
- Quickly picking up your newspapers and mail. Suspend delivery while you are away.

PROTECT YOUR HOME BY:
- Always locking your doors
- Setting your audible alarm system
- Installing surveillance cameras (if not, strategically position “dummy” cameras).
- Looking out for your fellow neighbors. Ask each other to keep an eye on the house while you are away.
- Not posting on social media when you will be away from home!
- Avoiding typical hiding places for valuables such as bedroom drawers, jewelry boxes, closets, etc. Safes can help, but they should be hidden, preferably not in the bedroom, and secured to the floor/wall with lag bolts.
- Keep quality photos of all valuables. In the event that something is stolen, photos will help us to recover the valuables and identify them as yours. It also helps us to disseminate them to other agencies.

Bottom line, trust your instincts and call the police when something doesn’t seem right.

Address/Location
Haworth Police Department
300 Haworth Ave
Haworth, NJ 07641

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 201-384-1900

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