I wanted to write to all of you prior to the weekend in an effort to keep residents apprised of incidents occurring within the Borough.
The Police Department began placing additional officers on the roadways during weekend hours, prior to the Thanksgiving Holiday, in an effort to curb driving under the influence and the dangers associated with the same. The patrols were successful in removing two drivers from the roadways for driving under the influence and fortunately no accidents reported within the Borough were associated with this behavior and only one minor accident was reported at all. Unfortunately, the remainder of the State was not as fortunate as thirteen (13) fatalities were reported during the Thanksgiving weekend. Overall the traffic related fatalities for 2021, in the State of NJ, has reached 625 which is an 18% increase from 2020. I implore our residents to take heed of these numbers and practice safe driving behaviors at all time. We are going to continue our increased patrols through the end of the year in an effort to locate and remove drivers from the roadways who are driving under the influence.
Motor vehicle burglaries and thefts continue to be a major concern for our department. Our patrols have chased two suspect vehicles from our residential areas within the past week who were attempting to burglarize and/or steal motor vehicles during the afternoon hours. This behavior has increased in frequency within the surrounding communities and will only get worse as long as residents continue to present viable targets by leaving vehicles unlocked, by leaving key fobs within their vehicles and leaving valuables within vehicles. Residents must be vigilant, especially now during the Holiday Season, and refrain from leaving valuables within their vehicles or leaving vehicles and residences unsecured while making quick trips within the Borough. Please report any and all suspicious activity, vehicles and/or persons to the Police immediately. Do not second guess yourself, if you feel something is suspicious report it immediately.
Lastly, the members of the Police Department participated in No Shave November in an effort to bring awareness to and raise money for cancer research. There has been a push throughout the State to continue the effort in what is being termed Don’t Shave December to raise money for the NJ Special Olympics. The members of the Florham Park Police Department have decided to participate and raise money for this worthy cause. Residents wishing to make donations can do so at the address below:
Special Olympics New Jersey
1 Eunice Kennedy Shriver Way
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Attn: Jason Schubert
Chief of Police
December 3, 2021