Grove Avenue Home Burglarized: Second Metuchen Home Break-in This Week

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Yesterday, a home on Grove Avenue was burglarized during the day while the homeowners were out.  It is the second daytime home break-in in town this week.

 

According to the Metuchen Police Department, the perpetrator went to the back door and, with a large rock, smashed the backdoor glass pane, reached inside, unlocked the door, and went directly to the master bedroom.  There, the intruder used a pillowcase to carry out the contents of two jewelry boxes.  The burglary was not discovered until the residents' teen-aged son came home after school.  No one was hurt.

 

Police canvassed the area but there were no witnesses.    

 

The Edison Police Department reported three burglaries on Grove Avenue yesterday as well.  

 

"We really urge people to alarm their homes" said Metuchen Police Lt. David Irizarry, "not only will it immediately alert the police of a break-in, but it also serves as a deterrent. Most burglars will choose a home without an alarm rather than take a chance on a home with one."  He added "my house has an alarm and I sleep better knowing we are protected."   

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Our best alarm system has been our two friendly, yet protective, dogs. They keep watch and sound the alarm, triggered by virtually anything moving around outside. Yes, we've had more than a few false alarms (squirrels, birds, etc.) but they do the job.

Make your home "less easy" to be burglarized.

Back of our house is dark, so we installed light-sensitive flood light, and a motion-activated lamp elsewhere.

Got an alarm system a few years ago on eBay, but never installed it. Maybe I'll do it now.

Here's why and I am fine paying the registration fee (by the way, if you have an alarm system that does not call the police department and only uses a siren - no registration fee)

My alarm went off due to a motion sensor; no door or window and we do not have an animal. The police responded, did a walk around the property and concluded that no one used force to enter the house. They left a note while I drove home and then dispatched an officer to do a walk through with me when I returned.

A number of my neighbors have been burglarized in the last 3 years - a front door break in, a sprinkler system copper valve and piping, and a basement window. The two breakins resulted in the theft of computers, cash and jewelry. The latter drove me to install a window bar but I've always have had motion sensed lights installed around the perimerter as not to make anything easy.

The net effect is that if someone wants in, they will get it but if someone is looking for a crime of opportunity, they are seeking the path of least resistance. It's the latter that I worry about. Like the home invasion near the YMCA.

You pay it because the overwhelming majority of alarms are false alarms - so people with alarms on their house end up consuming a lot of a local police department's time for no good reason. So you end up burdening your fellow tax payers by eating up the PD's time because a bird flew into your window while you were away at work.

The police department would like you to alarm your house because their activity level (number of calls responded to) increases for BS alarms, which makes it easier for them to demand more resources and money from the town.

Why pay it? What are they going to do if I don't pay? Should I get a discount on my taxes since I am doing the right thing and protecting my house and the town from criminals?

God people always complain. Its $25 just pay it.

Of course, but why should I have to pay if I am not having any false alarms, aren't our taxes and fees high enough?

There should definitely be a charge for repeated false alarms.

Why should there be any fee? Don't we pay enough?

I don't believe that it is a surcharge. I recently renewed my alarm registration. The annual fee is $20.00, and after the third false alarm there is a fee of $25.00. I think that is to prevent police from responding to alarms that are bogus. There is no fee for local alarms only those that are called in on a special line.

Yeah, get an alarm for your house and the Metuchen police try to charge you a surcharge

What a joke

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