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Ridgewood police warn residents to be proactive about preventing break-ins
March 6, 2015, 1:18 PM Last updated: Friday, March 6, 2015, 1:18 PM
By CHRIS HARRIS
RIDGEWOOD — Police officials warned residents this week to be proactive about break-ins, which have been on the rise in the village.
Ridgewood’s Chief John Ward said that so far in 2015, there have been three residential burglaries in the village and two failed attempts.
Ward said 2015 was on pace to surpass the previous three years for burglaries and break-in attempts, noting there were 44 last year, 53 the year before, and 46 in 2012.
Ward told the council Wednesday his department was taking its own measures to reverse the trend, but said there are things Ridgewood residents can do to prevent their homes from being victimized.
“We are stepping up patrols, and using unmarked cars while making positive progress on leads,” Ward said, adding he’d like to see neighborhood watch programs return to the village.
“Residents and neighbors are your best defense, and that means giving up personal space and information,” Ward said.