TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA
FROM: PROSECUTOR GURBIR S. GREWAL
DATE: NOVEMBER 27, 2017
Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal is issuing a public advisory for county residents. During the past month, there has been a rise in motor vehicle thefts occurring in the overnight hours throughout Bergen County. Residents are advised to be aware of subjects entering their driveways for the purpose of stealing motor vehicles. Local police departments are aware of the crime spree and are actively investigating.
During this crime spree, actors looking to steal vehicles check door handles to determine if a vehicle is unlocked. If the keys are left in the unlocked vehicle, the actor(s) simply enter the vehicle, start the vehicle, and drive away.
If the vehicle is unlocked and no keys are left in the vehicle, actor(s) remove valuable items left in the vehicle by the victim, and then target the next available home.
Since October 5th, there have been 30 incidents in 19 Bergen County towns. On two occasions, multiple vehicles have been stolen from the same home.
To reduce your risk of becoming a victim, residents should do the following:
1. NOT LEAVE KEYS, or REMOTE KEY FOBS in an unattended VEHICLE.
2. Lock your vehicles.
3. Do not leave any valuable items in plain view inside your vehicle.
If there are any suspicious individuals lurking around a driveway at any time during the day or night, residents should immediately contact your local police department.