Police warn of 'occupied' home burglaries in South Brunswick - criminals searching for car fobs

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Tuesday, December 5, 2023
Police warn residents to lock cars at all times amid 'occupied' home burglaries
Anthony Johnson has more on the investigation.

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, New Jersey (WABC) -- Police in New Jersey are warning homeowners about a recent trend they've seen: burglaries while the homeowners are home.

Officers say over the weekend, multiple homes in South Brunswick were targeted by burglars looking for key fobs to high-end luxury vehicles and one man had three of his cars stolen.

Police say they're also concerned that this trend could lead to dangerous confrontations between the homeowners and the burglars.

Officials are warning residents to lock their cars at all times and call police if they see anything suspicious.

Authorities have put out a few tips for homeowners:

- Don't confront the burglar and don't block their exit

- Always keep your cell phone nearby

-Immediately report the burglary

They have also released some tips on ways to try and prevent the thefts:

- Keep doors and windows locked

- Lock your garage door

- Keep any exterior lights on

- Keep any high-end vehicles out of sight and make sure to always keep them locked

All three of the vehicles that were taken were recovered in Elizabeth, New Jersey. They were stripped of tracking devices but a stolen Porsche had an app that led police to the locations of all three vehicles.

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