Three Luxury Cars Are Stolen From A Single Holmdel Residence – Patch

HOLMDEL, NJ — Three cars belonging to a single family were stolen in the middle of the night the day after Christmas, after thieves found an unforced way to enter the house, police reported.

Police said that on Dec. 26, sometime between 1:40 a.m. and 3:30 am, three “high-end vehicles” were stolen from a residence on Colts Drive. That followed a burglary to the home where there was “no forced entry,” as police described it.

Cars here and other nearby towns lately have been stolen when doors or windows are unsecured and thieves are bold enough to enter the home and find key fobs in plain sight or in obvious places, police have said in recent months. Sometimes the cars themselves are left unlocked with key fobs inside.

About two weeks ago, two cars were stolen from a family in Manalapan. The thieves entered through an unsecured door and found the car keys in a purse. More recently in that town, four cars were stolen in separate incidents, two of which had the keys in the unlocked car.

But this is the first time in recent reports that three cars at one time were taken from someone’s property – in this case after the thieves entered the home, presumably to find the keys.

Police reminded the public to test doors and windows they don’t routinely check to make sure they are locked.

It’s an extra responsibility for homeowners, but one that is the best first defense against theft, police have said.

Here is some advice from the Holmdel department to help residents to keep themselves and their property safe:

The department recommends a number of safety practices residents can take to protect themselves and their property:

  • Lock all your windows
  • Double check on windows you do not use regularly to ensure they are locked.
  • Don’t leave keys in obvious locations right near the entry doors.

In Hazlet, police several months ago posted a reminder about the “9 p.m. routine” to protect your house. It’s a checklist found at #9PM.

It’s a habit that everyone can get into: Around that time, check that your car is locked, valuables removed, the key is safe, the your doors are locked (including the door to your garage), outside lights are on and there are no accessible unlocked windows – in a garage, for example, that someone can sneak into undiscovered. Set alarms if you have them.

It sounds like a lot to do, but if it becomes a routine, it can be well worth it, police have said.

Holmdel government is taking steps too. The local government is limited in what municipal laws can be enforced to discourage car thefts since state law supersedes local laws, but earlier this month it adopted the Motor Vehicle Protection Regulations ordinance. It makes it illegal in Holmdel to “enter or remain on any driveway, paved surface, or location within 20 feet of a stationary motor vehicle, knowing that he or she is not licensed or privileged to enter or remain in said location,” the ordinance reads. Fines and jail time can be levied against those found guilty.

The Holmdel Township Committee also in September authorized the purchase of Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) to scan the license plates of passing cars to identify cars used in the commission of crimes. The stationary plate readers would be in addition to mobile scan readers the police department already has available.

On the state level, there are changes in bail reform laws being considered that would add restrictions on those accused of “revolving door” car thefts. And there have been calls to strengthen laws against “ringleaders” who send out teen or 20-something youths to steal cars and drive them back – often at extremely high speeds – to be resold or shipped out.


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