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Halloween Safety Tips 2017

 

 

The Fall season is upon us and Halloween is quickly approaching.  While it was once a holiday dominated by children, today Halloween has become an adult social event as well.  Halloween is celebrated with expensive house ornaments, adult parties featuring lavish costumes and of course numerous trick-or-treaters overwhelming several neighborhoods here in Warren. 

 

We have found over the years that our busiest neighborhoods for “trick or treaters” are Greenwood Meadows (off Mt. Horeb Road/Liberty Corner Rd) and Windermere (off Mountain Blvd.).  We will be deploying our Bike Patrol Unit in those residential areas as well as providing additional patrols throughout the township on “Mischief Night” and Halloween.  Please take a moment and review the tips below to ensure a safe holiday.  

 

A few safety tips to consider prior to trick-or-treating:

 

• Walk safely.  Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.

 

• Always walk on sidewalks. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.

 

• Children under the age of 12 should have adult supervision at all times day or night.
 

• Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.

 

• Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach your children to never “dart” out into the street or cross between parked cars.

 

A few safety tips for adults:

 

• Any house party you decide to host, we encourage residents to drink responsibly and make sure your guests plan to use a designated driver or car service to get home safely.

 

• Drive extra carefully on Halloween and take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.

 

• Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

 

• Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.

 

Additionally, with the fall season we see an increase in deer related motor vehicle crashes and incidents. We advise all residents to use caution on the roadways and not approach any injured deer or other wild animals. Should you have an animal issue on your property, contact the Warren Police Department at 908-753-1000.

 

Our utmost concern is for the safety and well-being of our residents and the children enjoying the holiday.  The Warren Township Police Department wishes you a happy and safe Halloween!

 

Chief William Keane

 


 

Stolen Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Burglary Tips 

 

 

With the summer months nearing, we sometimes see an increase in stolen vehicles and vehicle burglaries.  The Warren Twp. Police would like to remind you of some helpful tips so you do not become a victim. 

 

Ensure that you always LOCK YOUR VEHICLE whether it’s parked on your street, in your driveway, out shopping or at your local gym, or in your garage.  A majority of the time a would-be thief will move on to the next vehicle when encountering a locked vehicle as opposed to breaking into it and drawing attention. 

 

Make sure your residence/business is well lit during the evening and overnight hours.  Thieves typically look for darker areas to commit these burglaries for less visibility by passing motorists, neighbors and police. 

 

DO NOT leave spare keys or anything of value in your vehicle.  Purses/wallets, electronics (iPods/iPads, laptops, GPS Units etc), vehicle valet keys, sunglasses, credit cards, cash and cell phones should NEVER be left inside your vehicle, especially in plain view. If you must leave such items in your vehicle we recommend you conceal and or secure them properly, however we urge you NOT to leave them in the vehicle.

 

Additionally, everyone should be aware that these vehicle burglaries often lead to other crimes such as fraud and identity theft.  We suggest you limit the amount of personal information you keep in your vehicle as well as keep a record all of the serial numbers of your valuables and store it in a safe place in your home.  

 

 While we know nothing is 100% foolproof, we feel that by taking the precautions we’ve suggested you can seriously reduce the chance of being a victim of these types of crimes.  If you see any suspicious persons or activities in your neighborhood, call 9-1-1 immediately.  Criminals thrive on opportunity, DO NOT give them one. 

 

 

Chief William Keane

Warren Township Police Department

 


 

Residential Burglary Prevention Tips

 

With the recent residential burglaries that have occurred in Warren Township, throughout Somerset County and in northern New Jersey, the Warren Township Police Department would like to take this opportunity to advise our residents of the current burglary trends and how to lessen the possibility of being a victim.

 

We believe the new style burglary crews currently spread out through New Jersey are affiliated with career burglars who typically strike between 7pm and 12am (midnight).  They work in groups of 2-4 persons operating expensive vehicles which would not typically stand out in your neighborhood.  Entry into homes has been gained by shouldering exterior doors or smashing rear glass doors.  Additionally, power boxes have been tampered with or ripped off the exterior of the residences.  The actor(s) are sometimes in the residence for several minutes ransacking numerous rooms, closets, desks, and dressers (etc) looking for anything of value. 

 

With this in mind what can YOU do to keep your home safe?

 

  1. Install quality door locks and dead bolts to all exterior doors of your home.
  2. If you do not have one or both, install an alarm system and surveillance cameras on the exterior and interior of your home.  Make sure the alarm is monitored by a central station that will immediately notify the police first of an activation.  Additionally, when you install cameras ensure that the system have a street, driveway, and perimeter views as well as the interior near all entrances of the home.  If you already have these systems make sure you activate them accordingly.  When having these systems installed or updated we suggest you have a battery/cellular back up in place as well as remote monitoring capabilities available.
  3. Install motion lights on the perimeter of your property and make sure the exterior of your home is always well lit during all night time hours.    
  4. Communicate with your neighbors.  Advise them when you’re going on vacation or extended weekend trips so they can monitor your home, mail and any activity that may be out of the ordinary.
  5. DO NOT post on any social media sites that you are on vacation and for how long.  We advise that you post any pictures/events from your trip after you return home. 
  6. Add your home to the Warren Township Police Department “Vacant House List” when you go on vacation or extended weekend trips.  Once on the list, your home will be specifically checked by the patrol division in your absence. Refer to warrenpolice.com for the vacant house list form.   
  7. DO NOT leave your keys in your vehicle or leave it unlocked at anytime while parked in your driveway.
  8. Report ANY and ALL suspicious activity you may see in your neighborhood, no matter how minor it may appear.

 

As always, the Warren Township Police Department remains willing and ready to assist our residents in any way we can.  If you would like to have a security survey performed please contact Lt. Eric Yaccarino at 908-753-1000.