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Recent Carjacking Surge Concerns Millburn Residents

With three carjackings in two months, some Millburn residents have questions about local safety. Police and township officials say they're bolstering patrols and surveillance.

Mayor Robert Tillotson/Patch file photo
Mayor Robert Tillotson/Patch file photo

Residents at a February township committee meeting expressed fear and concern over three carjackings here since mid-December.

At least three residents spoke to township officials about the carjackings, according to a story in The Item, with one saying the broad daylight carjacking of a woman at gunpoint particularly “hit a nerve.”

A couple told the committee they had just narrowly escaped a carjacking recently.

Mayor Robert Tillotson told residents the township was looking into surveillance cameras, according to The Item.

Millburn police officials added that patrols had been stepped up and police were using license plate readers to help identify stolen or unregistered cars.

Cops were also working closely with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Carjacking Task Force, according to Police Chief Gregory Weber.

A 30-year-old Hoboken lawyer was killed in December during a carjacking at The Mall at Short Hills and a month later a man was beaten and his Porsche stolen in the parking lot of his Morris Turnpike townhouse. 

Later in January, a gunman held up a woman for her 2008 Mercedes Benz GL450 outside Sakura Japanese Restaurant on Essex Street.

Andrea February 16, 2014 at 09:53 PM
More guns are never the answer, I am not sure what needs to be done, other that the police stepping up and making sure that your car doors are LOCKED and valuables are OUT OF SIGHT. I don't feel sorry for those who don't do the above. As far as protecting ourselves from the people who want to take our cars by force, it is every person in our community to pay attention and intervene when they see something is going the wrong direction by calling the police!
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 17, 2014 at 06:31 AM
Andrea, you are so wrong. Guns and personal responsibility for you own personal protection is the answer. You are in denial and living in a fantasy land created by Hollywood that has successfully brain washed you into thinking the government can do everything for you. I can't stand the sight of people like you that are purposefully dependent on society for everything. Well I dont' want to pay for another doughnut eater thru my taxes because people like you won't take the step needed to be self sufficient. People are fleeing this state because it is getting more expensive to live here. businesses are leaving the state, which means jobs are leaving, which means more crime is coming. And your answer is to raise taxes more and put more police on the street. yes lets make it more expensive, so more businesses leave and we can have more pissed people out there. You can lead a liberal to the facts, but you can't make them think.
SH Resident February 17, 2014 at 10:19 AM
Andrea because of her irrational fear of guns knows that firearms are NOT the answer.....but she is not sure what the answer is....Hey Andrea-Do you get the fact that you can have all the gun control you want, but the bad guys will still have guns? That leaves law abiding citizens at a big disadvantage...Are you that naive or is it the brainwashing from the NY Times and other media outlets that has you confused...and the police are doing a great job by the way...ask the widow in Hoboken how well your strategy is working out
Lawyer1 February 17, 2014 at 11:30 AM
Hmmm.....I want to be able to protect myself and my family members, even if it means carrying a hammer with me. The tool is incidental to the need for having it...a gun is nothing more than a tool to be used in dire situations if necessary....better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it .... ie. Dustin.
CM012 February 24, 2014 at 02:23 PM
"19 states join legal fight against new jersey's concealed weapons law"-google it. Maybe there is hope. Until then, stay well and safe fellow sh residents.

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