BREAKING NEWS

Marlboro Township Public Schools closed after reports of bomb threats.

Stafford Township police issue statement following backlash over method to tackle high-end vehicle thefts

The Stafford Township Police Department says a recent string of high-end vehicle thefts has them thinking outside the box, but it's not too popular with some neighbors.

News 12 Staff

Aug 12, 2021, 11:50 AM

Updated 979 days ago

Share:

The Stafford Township Police Department says a recent string of high-end vehicle thefts has them thinking outside the box, but it's not too popular with some neighbors.
The department put out a Facebook post Tuesday night saying they will be checking high-end cars in the evening and overnight hours. Police say officers will be knocking on doors to notify any resident whose car is found unlocked or with a key fob inside.
“All of the vehicles that have been stolen from our area have been unlocked,” says Capt. James Vaughn.
Police are urging residents to lock their cars and take the key fob with them – and if you don’t, police will be looking.
"We've had a Bentley, a couple Audis, BMWs, Range Rovers, so those are the kind of cars that are getting stolen,” says Vaughn.
Backlash from the post had police issuing a second statement, stating they would not be violating any resident's rights, and that they have a way of making observations from the roadway.
"We're going to check to make sure it's unlocked. And if it is unlocked, yes - we're going to make that person aware that their car is unlocked,” says Vaughn. “Again, we're not going into the car, we're not going to lock it for them, but we're going to let them know that their car is unlocked."
But the approach is drawing mixed opinions.
"I don't know,” says Tony Dascoli, of Beach Haven West. “They've got to make a proactive move, if that's their proactive move then so be it. How about sitting around here at 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning and see the cars are buzzing off the island in and out because there's only one way out of this place. That might be a thing that has a little more positive results."
Police say the time it takes to make the checks is worth it.
"It's much longer to investigate a car theft, the manpower hours are patrol officers put into it along with our detective bureau,” says Vaughn. “It's hours and hours of time."
Police say the cars are ending up in Newark and Atlantic City. They say they even had someone crash a stolen car on Route 72 just a few weeks back.


More from News 12
Marlboro Township Public Schools closed following reports of bomb threats; Trenton BOE Central Office reopens

Marlboro Township Public Schools closed following reports of bomb threats; Trenton BOE Central Office reopens

1:46
Light showers continue today in New Jersey with a chilly breeze

Light showers continue today in New Jersey with a chilly breeze

2:05
Bear-resistant trash cans being provided for 6 New Jersey towns

Bear-resistant trash cans being provided for 6 New Jersey towns

7-Eleven, Wawa or QuickCheck? New poll reveals New Jersey’s favorite convenience store

7-Eleven, Wawa or QuickCheck? New poll reveals New Jersey’s favorite convenience store

0:18
Dover police warn residents of men in face coverings knocking on doors

Dover police warn residents of men in face coverings knocking on doors

0:26
‘Stand Your Ground’ bill introduced in New Jersey

‘Stand Your Ground’ bill introduced in New Jersey

0:30
Stepson of former ‘Real Housewives’ star Siggy Flicker arrested in connection on Jan. 6 charges

Stepson of former ‘Real Housewives’ star Siggy Flicker arrested in connection on Jan. 6 charges

0:23
Ford recalls over 456,000 Bronco Sport and Maverick cars due to loss of drive power risk

Ford recalls over 456,000 Bronco Sport and Maverick cars due to loss of drive power risk

1:06
Capturing the moment at Zimmerli Museum in New Brunswick

Capturing the moment at Zimmerli Museum in New Brunswick

0:51
Save money while helping the planet with these 12 energy-efficient tips

Save money while helping the planet with these 12 energy-efficient tips

2:31
MTA CEO says New Jersey will get cut of congestion pricing money; Gottheimer continues vow to stop congestion pricing

MTA CEO says New Jersey will get cut of congestion pricing money; Gottheimer continues vow to stop congestion pricing

Fire destroys school bus along Garden State Parkway in Cape May County

Fire destroys school bus along Garden State Parkway in Cape May County

2:51
Parent accuses Marlboro teacher of sexually assaulting, molesting her 13-year-old daughter

Parent accuses Marlboro teacher of sexually assaulting, molesting her 13-year-old daughter

0:19
Prosecutor: Sayreville father accused of killing son, setting car on fire, dies from his injuries

Prosecutor: Sayreville father accused of killing son, setting car on fire, dies from his injuries

Appeals court leaves temporary hold on New Jersey's county line primary ballot design in place

Appeals court leaves temporary hold on New Jersey's county line primary ballot design in place

0:55
Jersey Proud: All-girls robotics team competing in robotics competition in Houston

Jersey Proud: All-girls robotics team competing in robotics competition in Houston

1:31
American Red Cross assisting 14 Paterson families impacted by house fires

American Red Cross assisting 14 Paterson families impacted by house fires

2:24
Seaside Heights residents reject plan to merge with Toms River Regional School District

Seaside Heights residents reject plan to merge with Toms River Regional School District

1:52
Police: Two businesses in Toms River impacted by smash-and-grab burglaries

Police: Two businesses in Toms River impacted by smash-and-grab burglaries

2:36
Bayonne officials consider ordinance to ban rental of single rooms within apartments

Bayonne officials consider ordinance to ban rental of single rooms within apartments