Rutgers University police offer safety reminders following car burglaries near New Brunswick campus

Police say the victims were not present at the time of the burglaries.

Lanette Espy and Tony Caputo

Jan 23, 2024, 10:21 AM

Updated 145 days ago

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The Rutgers University Police Department is reminding students and staff to take safety precautions after several car burglaries were reported this week near the New Brunswick campus.
Police say the burglaries happened between 11 p.m. Jan. 21 and 3:30 a.m. Jan. 22. They say each vehicle is owned by someone affiliated with the university and that each person reported damage to their vehicle as well as items removed from within.
Police say the victims were not present at the time of the burglaries. There is no word yet on a description of the suspect or suspects.
Rutgers student Alina Sandhu says, "it’s definitely a little bit worrying, especially for me, I commute. So, if I park my car somewhere, I would be pretty worried that something could be taken out of it.”
Another student, Sean Chan, says car burglaries on campus is nothing new.
"I’ve gotten text before from RUPD saying that there’s been a couple of break-ins and this has happened in the past before," he said.
Police are reminding students and staff of the following:
  • Stay alert and attuned to people and circumstances around you.
  • Report suspicious activity or persons to the police immediately.
  • Keep your vehicle locked, secured and do not store your key fob inside the vehicle.
  • Do not leave valuables in plain view inside your vehicle.
  • Avoid isolated or dark areas.
Anyone who might have information about the incidents is urged to call Rutgers police at 848-932-8025.


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