Reader Mail: Car break-ins

Here’s an interesting viewpoint from 411 reader Dan, who sent this in a few days ago. He notices that things can actually get done in Hoboken!

Hoboken411,

Around 3 last night a resident in the area of 8th and Garden called police reporting 2 males trying to break into a vehicle. When the police responded, they found an SUV with a broken front window.

Based on the description by the witness, police located several young men a few blocks away in the Willow Terrace area. One was found to be carrying a GPS device holder taken from the vehicle, and another was found with the GPS receiver itself.

The “yoofs” were identified by the witness as the same ones she saw breaking in to the vehicle, and arrests were made.

2 lessons here:

  1. never leave your GPS receiver mounted on your dash overnight. These things are VERY resellable of the street, and kids will often doa smash-and-grab for them.
  2. calling the police does work if you see something going on. The more precise descriptions you can give of their physical appearance, the better chance they will have to be caught. In this case, the witness gave very specific descriptions, and this made all the difference.

This is one that ended as well as it could have…

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50 Comments on "Reader Mail: Car break-ins"


dirtyjerz
Member
8 years 3 months ago

[quote comment=”88026″]I like the sting idea. But let’s one up that…

Track the thieves back into 1) their gps theft ring hide out, or 2) their homes. Make a big scene and arrest them. After due process, eject all persons from that home who live with the thief (according to current law) in order to serve as a reminder to all other thieves who live in government housing. That way, the family can kick their ass (physically or from the premises) if they catch them stealing before the authorities catch them.[/quote]

Coincidentally my cousin, a retired NYC police lieutenant who now serves as a consultant, was involved in a sting operation that dealt partly with stolen GPS units. The sting started in Bayonne at some auto parts store and ended up in parts of Union City and Jersey City. Most of the stolen units were stolen from JC and Hoboken, with some actually being able to be returned (tracked down because the thieves never reset the GPS and once the police hit “home” the owners address would show up). It would be nice if Hoboken and JC worked together on fighting this problem.

MidnightRacer
Member
8 years 3 months ago

I like the sting idea. But let’s one up that…

Track the thieves back into 1) their gps theft ring hide out, or 2) their homes. Make a big scene and arrest them. After due process, eject all persons from that home who live with the thief (according to current law) in order to serve as a reminder to all other thieves who live in government housing. That way, the family can kick their ass (physically or from the premises) if they catch them stealing before the authorities catch them.

9
Member
9
8 years 3 months ago

Yet common sense remains as rare as a non-flooded Hoboken street after a rain storm: While walking to the PATH this morning, I saw a criminal’s wet dream. There was a car parked on a quiet, not heavily trafficked block, in the shade, under a tree, with a GPS mounted right on the windshield. Hell, I was almost tempted to break in and steal it myself. Why leave all of the good opportunities to the robbers? 😕

lily731
Member
8 years 3 months ago

[quote comment=”87980″]There have been 30+ car break-ins this week alone! The majority happens in midtown and the offenders are believed to be from the Housing Projects. This has been a problem for months in town and was covered up by Labruno to keep the crime stats down, the taxes up, and renters in. Most robberies occur between 12am and 6am and could have easily been prevented had proper police action been taken long ago. The answer is simple, put out four rental cars parked in the targeted areas for a week period with a highly visible GPS system on the dash. Throw in an ipod and maybe a laptop as well. Have two or three plainclothes officers conducting surveillances on the cars from nearby. When an incident occurs radio it in for a marked unit to respond and then grab the suspects in the act or act on scene and make an arrest right after the break-in takes place. Simple solution to an out of control problem! :roll:[/quote]

The car parked directly in front of my apartment overnight into Sunday morning got broken into, drivers seat window was smashed and glass scattered everywhere. I slept with the window closed that night so I didn’t hear it go down, and not sure what was stolen, but I’m guessing a GPS. I felt bad for the guys who found their car like that Sunday evening.

bornandrazedinhobo
Member
bornandrazedinhobo
8 years 3 months ago

There have been 30+ car break-ins this week alone! The majority happens in midtown and the offenders are believed to be from the Housing Projects. This has been a problem for months in town and was covered up by Labruno to keep the crime stats down, the taxes up, and renters in. Most robberies occur between 12am and 6am and could have easily been prevented had proper police action been taken long ago. The answer is simple, put out four rental cars parked in the targeted areas for a week period with a highly visible GPS system on the dash. Throw in an ipod and maybe a laptop as well. Have two or three plainclothes officers conducting surveillances on the cars from nearby. When an incident occurs radio it in for a marked unit to respond and then grab the suspects in the act or act on scene and make an arrest right after the break-in takes place. Simple solution to an out of control problem! 🙄

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