Montclair Crime: Multiple Incidents of Theft From Unlocked Cars

Wednesday, Jul 12, 2017 11:20am  |  COMMENTS (9)

Lock your doors, Montclair — that means car doors, too! During the period of July 5 through July 10, thieves made off with loose change, cash and other items from cars, most of which were left unlocked. Check if your street was affected and take note of this message from Montclair Police:

Montclair Police Department reminds all residents to lock their vehicles while unattended. We also advise against storing valuables in the passenger compartment of vehicles. We have been experiencing an increase in thefts from motor vehicles across the township. The area most affected is Valley Road and its neighboring streets in the northern end of town. In almost every reported incident, the vehicle targeted had been left unlocked. Please contact the Police Department immediately should you observe anything unusual.

07-05-2017 (Washington Avenue) Theft from an unlocked motor vehicle. Loose change was taken in this incident.

07-05-2017 (Afterglow Way) Theft of a pocketbook, purse, and clothing items from a parked vehicle. Access was gained by prying a door lock.

07-06-2017 (Glenridge Avenue) Theft of a purse and a laptop from an unlocked motor vehicle.

07-07-2017 (Marquette Road) Theft of a 2001 white Honda Accord from a residential driveway.

07-07-2017 (Glenwood Avenue) Theft from two unlocked motor vehicles at a residence. Loose change was taken.

07-07-2017 (Valley Road) An unlocked motor vehicle was rummaged through, but nothing taken.

07-07-2017 (Overlook Road) A parked motor vehicle was rummaged through, but nothing taken. There was no sign of forced entry.

07-07-2017 (Marion Road) An unlocked motor vehicle was rummaged through. Unknown if anything is missing.

07-07-2017 (Marion Road) Theft from an unlocked motor vehicle. Loose change was taken in this incident.

07-07-2017 (Marion Road) Theft from two unlocked motor vehicles parked in a driveway. Loose change was taken.

07-07-2017 (Valley Road) Theft from an unlocked motor vehicle. A pair of sunglasses were taken in this incident.

07-07-2017 (Overlook Road) Theft from an unlocked motor vehicle. A cellular telephone charger was taken.

07-07-2017 (Elston Road) Theft from an unlocked motor vehicle. Loose change was taken in this incident.

07-07-2017 (Beverly Road) Theft from unlocked motor vehicle. Personal documents were taken in this incident.

07-07-2017 (Marquette Road) An unlocked vehicle was entered and its interior rummaged through. It does not appear that anything was taken.

07-07-2017 (Montclair Antique Center, Church Street) Burglary to a commercial establishment. Jewelry was taken in this incident.

07-08-2017 (Faraj Enterprise, Bloomfield Avenue) Burglary to a commercial establishment. A gaming system was taken in this incident. Access was gained by damaging a door.

07-08-2017 (Watchung Train Station) Theft of a bicycle which had been left chained to a street sign.

07-09-2017 (Sunset Park) Theft of loose change from a parked vehicle.

07-09-2017 (Valley Place) An unlocked motor vehicle was rummaged through, but nothing reported missing.

07-10-2017 (Cooper Avenue) Theft of a 2016 black Subaru CrossTrek from a driveway.

07-10-2017 (Cooper Avenue) Theft from an unlocked motor vehicle. The contents of a purse were taken.

07-10-2017 (Marion Road) An unlocked motor vehicle was entered but nothing reported missing.

07-10-2017 (Cooper Avenue) Theft from an unlocked motor vehicle. Loose change was taken in this incident.

07-10-2017 (Cooper Avenue) An unlocked vehicle was entered but nothing was noticed missing.

07-10-2017 (Cooper Avenue) An unlocked motor vehicle was entered and loose change taken.

07-10-2017 (Cooper Avenue) Theft from an unlocked motor vehicle. Credit cards and cash were taken.

07-10-2017 (Cooper Avenue) An unlocked motor vehicle was entered and loose change taken.

07-10-2017 (Cooper Avenue) Two unlocked vehicles were entered in a driveway but nothing was reported missing from either vehicle.

07-10-2017 (Lackawanna Plaza) Theft from a vehicle with a malfunctioning door lock. An iPad and loose change was taken.

9 Comments

  1. POSTED BY caphilly  |  July 12, 2017 @ 11:58 am

    It continues to baffle me why anyone leaves purses, wallets, credit cards, laptops and/or cash in their vehicles!!!! It’s not the 1950’s anymore folks. Wise up!

  2. POSTED BY stayhyphy  |  July 12, 2017 @ 12:14 pm

    caphilly, the act of theft is so much more baffling. Leaving cash, phones, etc in your vehicle is pretty low risk, your downside is losing the objects which are easily replaceable.

    But with theft, you have capped upside and basically unlimited downside.

  3. POSTED BY yngdaniel  |  July 12, 2017 @ 2:06 pm

    It’s risk vs. return. What return do you get by leaving a purse and laptop in your unlocked car? I mean, is it really some kind of big deal to not have to press the unlock button? Is the benefit of not having to carry around your laptop for a while really worth the risk of losing it forever?

    On the other hand, keeping some change in the car for parking meters is at least somewhat useful, and the downside is losing maybe $5. I still lock my car since it’s just pressing a button.

    For the thief, they see it as ALL upside. He gets a cool new laptop and all he had to do was open a car door. That’s like making $10,000 an hour. He doesn’t even have to know how to jimmy a door. I’d also hazard a guess that the thieves wouldn’t see a lost $500 phone as “easily replaceable”.

  4. POSTED BY stayhyphy  |  July 12, 2017 @ 4:12 pm

    It is risk/return. Even at $10,000 per hour that is not worth the downside possibility of getting caught and having that on your record, in any scenario.

    My point was that I am relatively more baffled by the thief than I am by the person who leaves the car unlocked / person who leaves “valuable” items in their car.

  5. POSTED BY REL  |  July 12, 2017 @ 4:58 pm

    Are you really debating the logic/rationale behind a petty thief? A 2001 Honda was stolen from a driveway – which is the big prize as can sell it to a chop shop. Coins doesn’t count but an entire vehicle does.
    I think the irresponsibility is not the missing items which can be replaced but inviting criminals to town from elsewhere because well it is EASY.
    Unless you purposely leave out unprotected food in your backyard or front porch to attract squirrels, skunks, or other vermin which will keep returning seeking a reward why would you condone anyone leaving their windows down, doors unlock, convertible open knowing it attracts the same vermin?

  6. POSTED BY tryptic  |  July 12, 2017 @ 8:45 pm

    I can’t believe grown adults are debating the wisdom of NOT leaving valuables out in the open in their cars and locking their car doors. I’m 5 years new to the suburbs from NYC and don’t get it. Is not locking your car and house doors some sort of suburban badge of honor? A cultural thing? As if once you lock your doors, lock up your bike, and take normal precautions to avoid theft you no longer live in paradise or something?…..I just don’t get it. What idiot leaves valuables (in plain sight) in their unlocked (or locked even) car?

  7. POSTED BY stayhyphy  |  July 12, 2017 @ 9:15 pm

    “I can’t believe grown adults are debating the wisdom of NOT leaving valuables out in the open in their cars and locking their car doors.”

    No one is debating that wisdom. The debat is about what is more baffling. 1) Someone not locking up 2) Someone risking reputation, jail time, not being able to ever get a job again, etc for the purposes of stealing out of cars or even in the case of the 2001 Honda.

    If you had a choice, leave your doors unlocked or break into / steal from someone else what would you do? The point is whats baffling is those that steal with limited upside and unlimited downside.

  8. POSTED BY yngdaniel  |  July 13, 2017 @ 8:19 am

    If I had a choice, I wouldn’t steal from someone, but then again, I have a good job, a home, and a family to support. I have a lot to lose.

    If I had no job, a terrible place to live, and a drug habit to support, I’d probably feel very differently about the ‘unlimited’ downside of pilfering some stuff from unlocked cars.

    The reason I find leaving the car unlocked baffling is that it’s so incredibly easy to lock your car. It’s the push of a button. I can come up with no logical argument in favor of keeping your car unlocked while it contains valuable personal items.

    Logical argument for stealing stuff? You get stuff you didn’t otherwise have. It’s not a great argument, there is a possible downside, but there’s at least something resembling an upside for the thief.

  9. POSTED BY nonfatwithwhip  |  July 14, 2017 @ 3:31 pm

    I’m always amazed at the way people stigmatize the expectation of safety and civility. There are places in the world where one can live without ever purchasing a bike lock. Granted, living in a leafy village on the edge of Orange & East Orange and just up the hill from Newark is not one of them.

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