Township of Hillside Police Department Website
Chief of Police
It is the mission of the Hillside Police Department to safeguard the lives and property of the people we serve, to reduce the incidence and fear of crime, and to enhance public safety while working with our diverse communities to improve their quality of life. Our mandate is to do so with honor and integrity, while at all times conducting ourselves with the highest ethical standards to maintain public confidence.
RECENT CAR BURGLARIES
The Hillside Police Department would like to advise our township residents that there has been a rash of car burglaries recently county wide.The majority of the burglaries have been to unlocked vehicles. A few vehicles have been stolen as well after being left unlocked and the computer key fob left in the vehicle. By doing so the suspects are then able to start the vehicle and flee with it. Residents are encouraged to lock their vehicles when left unattended and to take the computer key fob with them. Residents are strongly encouraged to contact Hillside Police Headquarters if they observe any suspicious activity. The Hillside Police Depratment would also like to provide residents with the following tips to help them to prevent burglaries to their vehicles.
1. Keep Things Out of Sight
If you have any valuables, such as an iPod, purse or video camera, store it under the seat or in the glove compartment Most of the time, thieves are just looking for a quick buck and if they see something they like, they'll smash and grab. You'll also want to put anything that looks like it could contain something valuable, such as a box or briefcase, in the trunk to prevent car break-ins. If the box on your front seat says "Apple Computer, Inc." on it, it doesn't matter what's inside it looks valuable. Sometimes keeping your car clean will do more than just impress your friends.
2. Keep Your Car Secure
Many people don't lock their car when they're "just running into the store" or "they'll only be a minute." A minute is all the time it takes to break into someone's car. Lock your doors to prevent car break-ins. Don't make the thief's job any easier by handing him an open door. Also, make sure to keep your windows rolled up. Your car may get hot, but at least it won't get emptied.
3. Park it in a Public Location
Park your car in a high-traffic area where it will be seen by people. If you are parking somewhere at night, park your vehicle near a light or in view of a security camera to prevent car break-ins. Once again, criminals want quick and easy jobs, so they don't want a lot of publicity or visibility.
4. Get an Alarm
Most of the time when people think of alarms, they think of the one that accidentally goes off in the parking lot and the owner isn't there to turn it off. Yes, that is annoying, but next time this happens, take notice that there are no car thieves around that noisy car. They want to keep a low profile. These types of criminals will avoid cars if they can see that it is alarmed.
IF YOU SEE SOMETHING
If you observe something suspicious or in need of police attention, please contact:
Hillside Police Department at (973) 926-5800.
If you wish to remain anonymous, information can be submitted at:
The Township of Hillside Police Department values it's collaborative relationships with all members of our community. We encourage residents to forward any concerns they may have to assist our agency in best serving our residents and Township of Hillside.