PRINCETON: Police increase patrols following string of burglaries

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By Lea Kahn, Staff Writer
The Princeton Police Department is stepping up its patrols in various neighborhoods, following a string of car burglaries that have occurred since March.
As recently as last week, an unlocked car was entered and items – a checkbook and $9 in cash – were taken from the vehicle. The owner left the car unlocked while it was parked in the driveway on Princeton-Kingston Road overnight between May 31 and June 1.
Last week’s incident is the latest in a string of car burglaries that have taken place in the past few months, according to the Princeton Police Department. In all instances, the cars were left unlocked.
Several unlocked cars were entered between April 5 and April 6 in the Washington Oaks development, which is off Hutchinson Drive between Route 206 and Mercer Road.
And between April 26 and April 27, four unlocked cars were entered while they were parked on Stanworth Drive, off Bayard Lane. A fifth car that was parked on Lytle Street also was entered during that time frame. It had been left unlocked.
Police advise taking items inside the house or hiding them out of sight in the car, and then locking the car and taking the keys inside the house. Those actions may make it harder for thieves, who rely on opportunity to commit criminal acts.
Any suspicious activity should be reported to the Princeton Police Department immediately.