ALERT-TIPS FOR PREVENTING THEFTS OF AND FROM MOTOR VEHICLES
The Fairfield Police Department is warning residents that over the weekend of April 30th,two unlocked vehicles were entered and gone through. One was on Donna Drive and the other on Bates Drive. In addition, a family on Sylvan Road returned home to find an individual with a flashlight looking into one of their vehicles that was parked in the driveway. Upon seeing the car pull up, the individual ran towards Big Piece Road and disappeared. He was described a s a white male wearing dark-colored shorts and a dark hoodie sweatshirt.
Here are some tips to help prevent becoming a victim:
- Leaving Vehicles Unattended While Running- With the cold winter months upon us, many motorists will often start their cars and leave them running unattended until the interior of the vehicle warms. Additionally, they often pull up to stores to quickly run in and pick up an item and believe their car is safe because they can usually see it from inside of the store. Both present golden opportunity for car thieves who are actually riding around looking for such vehicles. It only takes a few seconds for a car that is running to be stolen, especially if left unlocked.
- Locking Car Doors When Vehicle is Unattended- Most people will always lock their car doors when out in parking lot such as malls and restaurants but they very often do not lock them while they are parked in their driveways or out in front of their homes as they feel safer there. Vehicles, when left unattended, should always be locked in order to protect its contents, especially overnight. Thieves are looking for anything such as GPS devices, sunglasses and money. It is also a good practice to keep valuable items out of view and in the trunk.
- Remove Keys from Vehicle- Please remove your keys from the vehicle when unattended in your driveway
STOLEN VEHICLE ALERT
The Fairfield Police Department is adamantly warning motorists not to leave their vehicles idling while unattended. While it is against state law to do so, the bigger concern is the increase of stolen vehicles occurring in the West Essex area over the past few months that have been taken as a result of motorists who have done just that. The most recent incident took place on Saturday March 2, 2013 at the A-1 Sunoco station at the intersection of Passaic Avenue and Greenbrook Road. A 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer was taken in just a few seconds when the owner ran into the store.
MEETING NOTICE-TRAFFIC AND CRIME PREVENTION COMMITTEE
Chief Charles Voelker will be hosting his monthly meeting of the Citizens Traffic and Crime Prevention Committee. The chief will discuss issues relating to each topic and will field questions about law enforcement activities in Fairfield. The meeting will be held at the Fairfield Community Center, 376 Hollywood Avenue, on Augsut 21, 2012 at 7:00 P.M. Everyone is welcome to attend.
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