Lock Your Car Doors! Authorities Say Morristown Is A Hot Spot For Car Theft
It’s always nice to see when your town or county is listed among the top places to live or even, the best city for pizza. But when it’s for crime, it’s a bit unsettling.
That’s just what’s happened to Morristown. Members of Morris County’s police departments have issued public safety warnings to all residents as car thefts and vehicle crime seem to be on the rise here in the Garden State.
As noted by the Prosecutor’s office, Morristown and Morris Township are two major hotspots in Morris County for car theft.
Thieves seem to target these vehicles most:
- LAND ROVER
If you’re a resident of these towns or even anywhere….just be smart and lock your doors!
In 2023 so far, 72 percent of vehicles stolen in Morris County have been left unlocked. 72 percent!! That’s an incredible amount of people being far too trusting when it comes to their own vehicles.
One trend that is a little frightening is that recent criminal activity has included burglaries and home invasions, increasing the risk of confrontation with homeowners.
As of June 2023, there have been a total of 78 car thefts in Morris County with 7,029 taking place across the state of New Jersey. In 2022, Morris County had 273 of the New Jersey total which was 15,816.
Law enforcement is asking the public to help by taking precautionary measures to secure their homes, garages, and vehicles.
“Would-be thieves have ways of determining which vehicles contain key fobs without needing to look inside. We have seen organized groups target a neighborhood, and steal multiple cars and valuables from inside unsecured vehicles. Making your car inaccessible is the greatest deterrent,” Morris County Police Chiefs Association President Johnson said.
Don’t leave your key fob inside your car and be sure to lock your doors. Let’s not let our towns become true hotspots for this awful and brazen crime!