Lock Home, Car Doors, Police Say


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There’s a video circulating on Instagram and TikTok of a Montclair resident who recently discovered an intruder in his kitchen. The lesson, says Verona Chief of Police Christopher Kiernan, is to lock your house door and your car doors.

“Thieves will look for anything that is open,” Kiernan says. “They are not looking for confrontation. They are looking for cash and car fobs, which are often left by a door.”

Kiernan says that Verona has not experienced any “occupied home entries,” which he distinguishes from a home invasion because the thieves do not use force–like pushing in a door–to enter a home.

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But vehicle entries continue to be a problem in Verona. The chief said that there have been 30 in the last 14 days. The Verona Police Department has been working on an arrest warrant for a potential suspect.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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