Monmouth County sees rise in luxury thefts and home break-ins, new statistics shows

Since Jan. 1, 2022, a high-end vehicle is stolen on average every 1 1/2 days in Monmouth County.

Jim Murdoch

Mar 20, 2024, 4:16 PM

Updated 35 days ago

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New data released by the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office shows a rise in luxury thefts, home invasions and break-ins in the county.
Since Jan. 1, 2022, a high-end vehicle is stolen on average every 1 1/2 days in Monmouth County.
Data from Monmouth County prosecutors shows:
  • In 2022, there were 251 thefts and 50 entries into homes - 20% were break-ins.
  • In 2023, there were 194 thefts and 66 entries into homes - 34% were break-ins
  • In 2024, there were 27 thefts and 18 into homes - 67% were break-ins.
  • Out of 134 home entries, 12 occurred through unlocked doors/windows and 91% were forced entries.
Law enforcement and town leaders say these numbers show a staggering problem on the state level.
"We need to tackle the organized crime infrastructure going on here with this. This is the incentivizing of juveniles. This is the exploitation of juveniles to commit these crimes to be paid $1,500, $2,000, $2,500 a car,” said Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden.
At least twice in recent weeks, intruders were scared off when homeowners showed their legally owned weapons.
Firearm purchases are up 400% in Marlboro since 2020, according to the mayor.


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