What Homeowners Can Learn From the Hunterdon County Burglaries
Since June of this year, a string of home burglaries have occurred in the area surrounding Hunterdon County, NJ. Local authorities believe that drugs are at the heart of the problem.
“Often times, the common denominator between burglaries and the suspects is addictive narcotic drugs,” said Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns III on NJ.com. “Stolen items often get pawned for cash to buy drugs.” According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, alcohol and drugs are implicated in an estimated 80% of offenses leading to incarceration in the United States. Whatever the motivation is, the MO in the recent Hunterdon County burglaries is concerning.
Local investigators “Believe that the suspects may be ringing the doorbell at the homes prior to breaking in,” according to NJ.com. Police also encourage homeowners that when a doorbell rings, anyone inside the house should acknowledge the fact that they are home, and in a situation where a minor is home alone to yell loudly “Mom, someone’s at the door!” Residents should be extra vigilant when their doorbell rings,” Kearns said. “Especially if the person at the door has an excuse for being at the residence, whether it be looking for directions or just saying they must have the wrong house. A quick call to 9-1-1 before answering the door may give patrol units a few extra moments of response time needed to intercept these suspects.”
This is where equipping your home with an interactive monitoring security system can vastly improve the safety of your home. Video surveillance systems can be integrated with a customized wireless home security system that can be checked using your mobile device. When the doorbell rings, homeowners could utilize a “smart home” platform (such as SupremeConnect) that enables remote monitoring to safely see who’s at the door.
In a news release about the burglaries, the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s office provided the following home safety tips:
Home Safety Tips:
- Be aware of what’s happening in the neighborhood. Lock your doors, including the garage door. Unlocked doors are open invitations to intruders.
- Ask a trusted family member, friend, or neighbor to keep a watchful eye on your home or have your mail held at the local post office until your return.
- Put lights on timers to give the impression that someone is home.
- Don’t post on social media that you are leaving town, and wait to post photos after you return from your trip.
- If your child or teen will be alone a significant amount of time, have him/her check in with you if they plan to leave the house and when they arrive back home.
For more crime prevention tips go to http://www.ncpc.org/