Fort Lee man goes to extreme measures to protect his vehicles, as cases of car thefts rise

As cases of car thefts rise across the country, one Bergen County man took matters into his own hands to put a stop to it.

News 12 Staff

Oct 5, 2021, 2:18 AM

Updated 923 days ago

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As cases of car thefts rise across the country, one Bergen County man took matters into his own hands to put a stop to it.
Evan Wexler says that he has called the police over 20 times because thieves are always targeting his vehicles parked in the driveway of his Fort Lee home.
“I don’t think I’m frustrated, I’m terrorized,” Wexler says.
He says that over the last two years he called the police at least 25 times while trying to protect his expensive luxury vehicles. And he says that police have only made an arrest once.
Security video shows the night the thieves targeted Wexler’s $700,000 Lamborghini, even though it was protected by cameras and a gate. The Lamborghini was later found in Newark in the garage of a foreclosed home.
“They were just coming to demolition the property and they opened the garage and there’s a $700,000 yellow Lamborghini, brand-spanking new in this garage,” Wexler says.
Another time thieves targeted Wexler, he is seen on camera coming out onto his porch in the middle of the night, naked and holding a gun. He then fires a warning shot, and the thief ran away.
Car thefts are not just a worry for the wealthy. Law enforcement officials say that any car with a key fob is being targeted.
Newark has launched a new initiative to crack down on car thefts. Data shows there was as 34% rise in stolen cars in the spring. Hudson County has started a catalytic converter task force. Thefts of those items are up about 300% nationwide.
Wexler was charged for firing off his gun. He received probation, after pleading down from more serious charges.
“I’ve never been arrested. I’ve never been in jail. I’ve never so much as stolen a pack of chewing gum,” Wexler says.
Wexler says that he does support the police and acknowledges that they have a difficult job. But he says that he wants to see police increase their patrols around the community.
The Fort Lee Police Department did not respond to requests for comment.


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