The Millburn Police Department would like to make the public aware of two burglaries that took place late last week within the Township. Both incidents occurred when the residences were left unoccupied for a period of time. Our Detective Bureau has been in contact with the victims and is currently investigating to swiftly bring justice to those involved.
Please be advised that the Millburn PD has increased patrols around the Township as a result of these burglaries. This comes in addition to the efforts we undertake every day to protect our citizens.
We’d like to take a moment to reassure residents that these incidents are not an indication that crime is on the rise in Millburn Township – reported home burglaries have remained relatively static with 27 in 2018, 23 in 2019 and 25 in 2020. In addition to our police efforts, we call on our residents to continue to be vigilant and take steps to protect themselves and their property.
Please consider some of the following burglary prevention tips to ensure your family’s safety at home:
- If you have a Ring device or video surveillance system at your front door, consider installing them at your back entrance as well.
- If you are planning to travel or be away from your home for an extended period of time, do not share this information on social media or in other public forums.
- Stop mail, newspapers and package deliveries while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or for a friend or neighbor to pick them up from outside your home regularly.
- Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, use automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.
- Keep watch over your neighbors’ homes and ask them to do the same for you!
- Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes or other “secret” hiding places –burglars know where to look for hidden keys.
- Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions, including a description, date of purchase, original value and serial numbers, and keep a copy in a safe place away from the home. Your insurance company can typically assist with making and keeping your inventory.
- If you maintain a safe with important documents and valuables, be sure that the safe is bolted to the floor or hidden in an unexpected place. Burglars know to check for valuables in the master bedroom!
- If you’ve experienced a break in or lost your keys, change your locks immediately. The same should be done when moving into a new home.
The most important thing you can do is call the Millburn Police Department to report a crime or any suspicious activity.