Message From the Police Chief Michael J. Biennas –
Preventing Vehicle Thefts
Following our community outreach on January 20th (Click here for previous posting) many residents have concerns over the car burglaries and thefts that have occurred recently. These crimes are not unique to our town but are happening throughout the entire State of New Jersey. The events taking place are crimes of opportunity and implementing simple steps, from locking the car and taking the key inside, lowering the garage door and locking doors to the house will help to prevent crime. Generally, car thieves of today do not forcibly break into and hot wire cars to steal them. Every car that has been stolen in town was left unlocked with the key or the key fob in the car.
We have increased patrols and will continue to do so. However, one of Monroe’s greatest assets is our strong relationship with the community. Right now, we are asking to draw on that support and to work together to stop these crimes by doing the following:
*Remove anything of value from your car, including the garage door opener. Lock the car and take your keys. Keep doors locked.
*If you see something suspicious, please call the Monroe Police Department immediately. The non-emergency number is 732-521-0222. As always dial 911
if it is an emergency.
*Residents with security cameras can register with the police department at https://monroetwppolice.org/forms-permits/voluntary-camera-registry-program/. This helps the Monroe Township Police Department maintain a database of active cameras in the event that a crime occurs in the neighborhood.
The Monroe Township Police Department is working with our neighboring towns and state law enforcement to bring these criminals to justice and to deter future crimes. Our detective bureau we will be holding a community safety information session with details to be posted on our website, monroetwppolice.org and our social media outlets.
Please lock your cars to help us prevent these crimes.