Sharp increase in vehicle thefts reported in Atlantic County
Atlantic County officials are alerting residents to a significant spike in vehicle theft since the start of the year.
According to the New Jersey State Police Real Time Crime Center–South via the Atlantic County District Attorney’s Office,
- There was 95 vehicle thefts reported between January 1 and March 8 of this year in Atlantic County
- For the same period in 2021, there were 54 vehicle thefts in Atlantic County.
Atlantic County Chief of Investigators Bruce DeShields says:
“I would like everyone to exercise caution. Do not leave your garage door opener, fob or keys in your vehicle. And never, under any circumstances, leave your car unattended and running for enter a store, restaurant or other stop.”
DeShields also points out that car owners get a false sense of security while their key fob is in their possession if they get out of their vehicle while it’s running.
“Of course you didn’t leave the keys in the car, but your vehicle is running, could still be stolen and a thief will drive it until it’s finished, turn it off and then abandon it. Please protect your vehicles. Help us help you, residents and visitors of Atlantic County.”
Car thefts and crimes committed with firearms
State police analysis also shows a strong link between cases involving receipt of stolen property, including stolen vehicles, and shootings.
Last year, state police reported just over 3,000 arrests involving receipt of stolen property (most auto theft cases in New Jersey are charged with receiving stolen goods).
Among those arrested for concealment, 211 were involved in 377 shootings and 285 were arrested with a firearm.
Acting State Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin offered the following tips for preventing vehicle theft:
- Never leave your keys or key fobs in your vehicle
- Do not leave your vehicle running unattended
- Park your car in well-lit places
- Make sure all windows are closed
- Hide your valuables
- Make sure all doors are locked
Vehicles most likely to be stolen in New Jersey
Smile! The Google Maps car was right in South Jersey – Are you in these photos?
The Google Maps car was recently in South Jersey taking new photos for Google Street View. Are you in one of these photos?