The Borough of Shrewsbury and surrounding towns have experienced daytime residential burglaries to unoccupied homes. Please report any suspicious activity or vehicles to the Shrewsbury Police Department at (732)741-2500.

The Shrewsbury Police Department has increased patrols during the daytime hours and is currently working with the other jurisdictions to identify those involved. We are unable to do this alone, please be our eyes and ears and together we will continue to keep our community safe. Here are a few useful tips:

1. People are your best defense -- be a visibly nosy neighbor. Let anyone walking the neighborhood or sitting in a parked car see you watching them.

Make a note of car license plates and if anyone behaves suspiciously or stays in their car for a lengthy period, call the police.

2. Tell close neighbors you trust if you plan to be away or expect any deliveries.

In many cases, burglars will knock at the front door of a residence to see if anyone is there. If your neighbor is aware of deliveries, they will be more suspicious when someone who they weren’t informed of shows up.

3. And, if you are going away, use timers to switch lights on and off at random, cancel newspapers and put a hold on your mail deliveries -- or, to guard your schedule, arrange for the trusted neighbor to collect them.

 

Houses are targeted that look vacant. Making your house look occupied will deter burglars.

4. Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions, including a description of the items, date of purchase and original value, and serial numbers, and keep a copy in a safe place away from home -- this is a good precaution in case of fires or other disasters. Make a photographic or video record of valuable objects, heirlooms and antiques.

 

Burglars usually remove jewelry that is easy to locate. Valuable jewelry, that is not worn every day, should be locked or stored away.

 

For more information on keeping your home safe please click here.

For more information on our house check program please click here.

Rise in daytime burglaries and package thefts.

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