MANRO – The Detective Bureau of the Monroe Police Department is working to organize an information session on public safety after a series of thefts and thefts of houses and cars.
“These crimes are not unique to our city,” said Police Chief Michael J. Biennas. “They take place across the state from LBI (Island Long Beach) to Bergen County. The events that are taking place are unprofitable crimes, and the implementation of simple steps from locking the car door to removing the keys, lowering the garage door and locking the door to the house will help prevent these crimes.
Biennas touched on a wave of thefts and burglaries at a February 7 town council meeting.
In January, the department posted on its social media page footage from surveillance cameras about the incident when the suspects broke into the home through a stolen garage door opening.
They used the incident to remind residents not to leave anything valuable in vehicles, including keys and garage door openers.
Biennas also posted a message on the township website to prevent vehicle theft.
He said that one of the most important doors that residents should close is the front door to the garage.
“A lot of people don’t do that,” he said.
The chief said every car that was recently stolen in the city was “left unlocked with the keys.”
On the plus side, Biennas said all the cars that were stolen were found.
“We have increased patrols and will continue to do so,” he said.
Bien said the department is working with neighboring cities and state law enforcement to bring the suspects to justice.
Mayor Stephen Valley said it was a terrible time for residents with hacks, stressing that “deterrence is the biggest topic” they need to convey to residents.
“We may want to go back to the good old days, when we could leave the door open and all that, but we all live in a serious world, a very scary world,” he said, urging residents to listen to experts. and continue to work together.
Residents who notice or feel something suspicious should call the police at the emergency number 732-521-0222. For emergencies, dial 911.
Residents with security cameras can register with the police department at https://monroetwppolice.org/forms-permits/voluntary-camera-registry-program/.
Biennas said CCTV registration, which has been in effect for several years, allows police to access security footage, which could lead to the detection of crimes.