Authorities are alerting the public to a recent increase in vehicle thefts and burglaries.
The recent rise in car thefts is not isolated to Hunterdon County alone; the surrounding counties are also experiencing this surge in crime, according to Acting Hunterdon County Prosecutor Michael Williams.
In most instances the burglarized cars were left unlocked with the keys or key fob inside the vehicle. The crimes usually occur at night in the early morning hours, Williams said.
In some case the vehicles were left unlocked in the driveway with the garage door opener inside and this poses the additional risk of a home burglary, Williams said.
These crimes of opportunity can be avoided using common sense by locking your vehicle, parking in well-lit areas, and keeping any valuables out of sight, Williams said.