October 12, 2007 - Message from Chief John A. Kapica:
You may have heard that there has been a rash of burglaries and attempted burglaries in the Edgemont section of the township over the past several months. We believe all of these incidents occurred in the evening hours at homes that were dark. In several of the burglaries, entry was made through an unlocked door. Only three of the homes involved had functioning alarm systems and in two of these, the burglar was frightened off when the alarm sounded.
The Police Department has increased patrols in the area using unmarked cars and will continue to do so until the responsible person or persons are caught. To expedite this, we are asking for your help.
The first thing you can do is please lock your doors and windows when you are leaving your home, even if you only intend to be away for a short while. Next, if you do not have one, purchase a timer that controls one or more lights. A radio or TV controlled by a timer is also a good deterrent. Use your alarm system if you have one and, most importantly, report anything suspicious you see to the police. This can be done by using our general business number 989-1700. Of course, if you believe a crime is in progress or about to occur, dial 911.
We have developed an excellent suspect in these incidents thanks to an alert resident who called the police after encountering a suspicious person in the neighborhood. The vehicle the suspect was driving is described as a maroon, 1995 Dodge Caravan bearing New York Registration plates. Certainly, if you see a vehicle fitting this description in your neighborhood, please contact us immediately. Residents who would like information on how to make their homes more secure should contact Police Officer Peter Dandreano of our Crime Prevention Unit at 914-989-1778.
Thank you for your attention. I am confident that with your assistance, we can quickly apprehend this individual and put him where he deserves to be, behind bars.