Reader Mail: Hoboken Burglaries

6/20/2008:

From a Hoboken411 reader who was burglarized this week:

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Garden Street Burglary

“I just wanted to throw this out there because it sounds strikingly similar to a post by a reader on 2/6/08 from 2nd and Adams.

My apartment was robbed on June 18. Just like the other reader, my unit’s door was opened using a crowbar or something similar. Taken was my large, flat-screen TV, satellite radio receiver, laptop computer, iPod Nano, cufflinks, a watch, and a strongbox. My Sentry strongbox was purchased to keep things safe in the event of a fire but obviously someone could just walk away with it and try to open it later on. In that were a bunch of vital papers confirming my identity, college and high school rings and other insignificants that were near and dear to me. They also took my bedroom comforter, which was beige and black and probably just used it to wrap up the stolen goods.

Someone entered the building between 6:30am and 9:30pm (hours I was at work). It probably happened late morning, according to the HPD. The front door to our building has a great lock that has only 1 design flaw, the door must be closed! We’ve been having problems with the door sticking lately and chances are someone left without closing the door completely behind them. I feel that I was targeted specifically because there are 7 other units in my building and no one else was hit. Our building has had some construction work done within the last few months and although I hate pointing fingers, it seems that maybe someone cased the joint then. But then again, maybe they just got lucky.

I am reaching out to the community to see if anyone else has had a similar burglary since the one in February on Adams. It may be the same person or it could be just a coincidence. If anyone sees anything I described above on the street or with a fence, I’d appreciate it if you responded to this post or contacted Hoboken411, if they would offer their services.

Seeing as Garden Street is somewhat busy so I am hoping someone saw something. Chances are they looked like a couple of movers doing things in a hurry so people probably paid little attention to them. But please, if you saw someone moving a TV on Garden Street between 8th and 9th on Wednesday, June 18, please let me know. Or if you come across a tossed strongbox on the street, I’d appreciate you coming forward. Rewards will be offered. The HPD is doing their part as well. Thanks.”

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73 Comments on "Reader Mail: Hoboken Burglaries"

bradykp
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bradykp
[quote comment=”90006″][quote comment=”89956″]I wish I knew what to do. So far I don’t think the police have any leads but I am not certain. Who installed your flat screen TV? Wonder if that could be a connection.[/quote] I got my TV months ago in September 07. It’s unlikely that they would have waited this long to come back. They’ve probably installed hundreds of TVs all over the tri-state area since then. I got it at a NY-based retailer that I’ve been happy with in the past. I did, however, have people come to do work on a chimney in my apartment in April. Did your neighbor have any contractors in recently? The HPD seem to be working hard on this and I trust their abilities thus far. There’s little they can go off of now, and I am sure they will do what they can within reason to solve it. Right now, they are treating my case as a random burglary. I don’t think Hoboken has high crime rates for a city of its type. I am glad to hear that the police are being active in the recent reported cases and are taking necessary precautions like bradykp described in his post. That said, it is still a city and it does need active patroling and we as citizens need to be active as well. We also need to be smart and not let our guards down. Common sense along with good policing can help prevent a lot of crimes.[/quote]… Read more »
9
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[quote comment=”89987″]9 probably knows what i’m talking about because we live in the same building. these cops were obviously patrolling the streets to look for anything unusual.[/quote]

9 knows exactly what you’re talking about and, considering the post on the last page about the theft on our block, 9 was very happy to read your post. However, the officer was right: They can’t be everywhere.

bmoc04
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bmoc04
[quote comment=”89956″]I wish I knew what to do. So far I don’t think the police have any leads but I am not certain. Who installed your flat screen TV? Wonder if that could be a connection.[/quote] I got my TV months ago in September 07. It’s unlikely that they would have waited this long to come back. They’ve probably installed hundreds of TVs all over the tri-state area since then. I got it at a NY-based retailer that I’ve been happy with in the past. I did, however, have people come to do work on a chimney in my apartment in April. Did your neighbor have any contractors in recently? The HPD seem to be working hard on this and I trust their abilities thus far. There’s little they can go off of now, and I am sure they will do what they can within reason to solve it. Right now, they are treating my case as a random burglary. I don’t think Hoboken has high crime rates for a city of its type. I am glad to hear that the police are being active in the recent reported cases and are taking necessary precautions like bradykp described in his post. That said, it is still a city and it does need active patroling and we as citizens need to be active as well. We also need to be smart and not let our guards down. Common sense along with good policing can help prevent a lot of crimes.
bradykp
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bradykp

[quote comment=”89983″]Most of us don’t have a problem w/ the police department, we have a problem w/ the brass at the police department. Waaaaaay too many of them and they get paid waaaaay too much. Same for pretty much all the rest of the departments in Hoboken.[/quote]

i know matt, and i agree with you. but so many people, on numerous topics, love to bash the hoboken police and say they do nothing. i thought that I was obligated to recount that story, especially because it happened as i typed my post. sure, there are corrupt cops. sure, there are corrupt city officials. this happens in tons of towns across the world. but i thought it was very forward thinking of this team of officers (2 uniformed, 2 plain clothed) to check our building for a burglery when the door was only slightly ajar.

it’s the type of door that closes behind you, so people don’t check to make sure it latched locked, plus the lock needs to be replaced. if you were driving down the street, you’d have to specifically be looking at doors to see if they were open to be able to spot this door.

9 probably knows what i’m talking about because we live in the same building. these cops were obviously patrolling the streets to look for anything unusual.

matt_72
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[quote comment=”89980″]OK. This is for all of those people that are criticizing the police department. Sure, they are not perfect, but as I was typing my last post, my wife heard someone rattling our doorknob. The person was gone. I looked out the front window and noticed that there was a police cruiser parked in front of the building. So i got my shotgun out (just kidding), grabbed the keys, and went downstairs. I asked the officers if there was a problem. They said that they were driving by and spotted that our door to our garage was ajar. I asked if it was them that were rattling the doorknob, and he said they sent plain clothed officers through the building. They had came into the garage and someone in our building had left the garage to the building door propped. so they just walked right in. The officer said to me, that they can’t be everywhere, and they can’t believe how many buildings they see with the same problems. They also mentioned that people will stand by a car outside your garage door when you leave in the morning, and since everyone in hoboken pulls away before the garage door closes, they sneak in the garage right after you leave. Now, I think this team of officers deserves a nice thank you from our building, and not only that, our building should realize that if you don’t lock the door, and if you leave doors propped, you’re going to… Read more »
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