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Police Say Burglaries Are Connected

Burglars hit three homes on and near Northfield Avenue.


West Orange police said they believe three burglaries to homes this week were related.

The burglaries took place between 3:30 and 5 p.m. on Monday afternoon. 

Police said the burglaries were on Northfield and Edgewood Avenues, and Koewing Place. All three residences are within a few blocks of one another.

At the Northfield Avenue residence, thieves took approximately $200 in money, clothing and assorted jewelry, according to police. It is not yet known whether anything was stolen from the homes on Edgewood Avenue and Koewing Place.

Police also found the front doors forced open at the homes on Edgewood and Northfield Avenues.  

All three homes were wired with alarm systems, which were triggered during the burglaries. Surveillance footage was captured of one of the burglaries. 

Lt. Richard Levens said these burglaries are all connected because of their proximity and the time of day when were committed. 

“All three incidents are the exact same people,” said Levens. “They were on a little spree and hit the same area in town.”  

The burglaries are still under investigation and there are no further details at this time. 

When it comes to protecting homes against burglaries, Levens said these homes were on the right track because they all had security alarms. In addition, he advised always locking your doors and windows. 

“But most importantly,” said Levens, “the biggest message would be for anyone who sees anything suspicious to call 911. That is how we catch people.” 

Jose Lecour August 01, 2012 at 11:47 AM
This is very disturbing, especially since the homes had alarm systems. We're the alarm systems not armed?
Steven Serebrenik August 01, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Wonder if it was person or persons who worked for all three households.
Tom G. August 01, 2012 at 12:10 PM
The article states that the alarms were "triggered during the burglaries", so yes, I would assume that means the alarms were armed. It doesn't indicate if these were loud audible alarms or silent alarms. The alarm system in my home is so loud it will make your ears bleed and can be heard for 2 blocks, so you would think someone would have saw something if the alarms were audible.
Lori August 01, 2012 at 12:14 PM
The articles states, "All three homes were wired with alarm systems, which were triggered during the burglaries. Surveillance footage was captured of one of the burglaries." If they meant what they wrote, all 3 alarms must have been armed. I wonder if the alarm system service was active on all 3 homes where police are automatically dispatched or if the service was not active and only the 'audible' alarm went off when 'triggered'.
barry_geltzeiler August 01, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Alarms are only a deterent, once the alarm is set off it dial a central station. The central station then calls the home. If there is no answer or the person answering cannot give a password, the central station then calls the local police. the local police then dispatches an officer to the location. they say average response time is 8 minutes. Most "kick in" burglars know this and they ransack the mater bedroom where most money and valuables are stored and then leave. That usually takes about 2 minutes. The moral of the story is even with an alarm do not keep your money and valuables in the master bedroom!!!!
David Peart August 01, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Great advice Barry. Unfortunately, most people are not going to be so diligent. Also keep in mind that most burglars are opportunists, so they are likely scoping out the area several times before the decide to hit specific homes. Something as simple as keeping a light and/or radio on is more of a deterrent than most people realize as it keeps them guessing. They are less likely to hit a home where they believe someone is always home.
Tom G. August 01, 2012 at 07:13 PM
@Barry - I agree, which is why I would never pay 40 bucks a month for a monitored alarm. The alarm in my home was installed by a previous owner, so I can still set it to audible whenever I want, it just won't notify ADT. As you said, by the time all parties are notified the burglar is going to be long gone. There is a better chance of my neighbors running outside after hearing the alarm and at least catching a glimpse of the burglar. If you have real valuables, get a safe that is heavy enough that it cannot be carried out by an individual, and store it in the attic or basement where it will take too long to find.
barry_geltzeiler August 01, 2012 at 07:19 PM
@Tom G,@David Peart nobody ever looks when a car or house alarm rings. There are two reasons to have an alarm, for when you are home so you know if there is an intruder and when you arrive home so you don't walk in on an intruder. Remember a cornered animal is the most dangerous. if your alarm is ringing when you get home go back to your car lock the doors and call the police. i keep everything properly insured, possesions are replaceable loved ones are not.
David Peart August 01, 2012 at 07:30 PM
@Barry, I was speaking of your advice not to keep valuables in your bedroom. Most folks are going to throw their watches and other jewelry into their pretty jewelry box on top of their dresser and keep it moving. They're most likely not going to the basement safe to put their valuables away while they're out for the day. I agree that monitored alarms can be a valuable tool. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. In my case, the alarm was effective 50% of the time, as its record is 1 capture and 1 escape in 2 burglaries.
barry_geltzeiler August 01, 2012 at 09:22 PM
@David I knew you meant moving the valuables, but fully insured is important just in case.
Brett Kaiser August 01, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Define "Valuable". In any case, it's a crime of opportunity..location, location, location...then it's a quick shot to 280 East....
Car14 August 05, 2012 at 04:10 AM
does anyone know what number on koewing place?


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