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.

SH Resident February 13, 2014 at 11:33 PM
I feel safe now...Thanks to Police Chief Weber for stepping up his game...whatever that means
P February 14, 2014 at 11:50 AM
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 14, 2014 at 11:57 AM
buy a gun, load it, learn to use it, practise gettaway senarios, put the gun on your person, use if you need it. If you ever have to used and you are successful, you will be villified by the progressive liberal government and you will spend all your savings trying to defend yourself for using your 2nd amendment rights, but it beats a one way trip to the morgue. The car jackings will only increase as the economy goes to crap. I would get a gun while the getting is good.
SH Resident February 14, 2014 at 12:05 PM
this town is clearly incapable or unwilling to protect its residents which is its first duty....they will give plenty of lip service to the idea, but no action....nothing to see here, move along
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 14, 2014 at 12:10 PM
sh resident, it is not the duty of the town to protect you. It is your responsibility to protect yourself. You are not a child, you are an adult. You and other NJ residents must understand this. when you grow up, it is your responsibility to feed, shelter, and protect yourself and your family. It doesn't matter how much money you give the government to protect you, they will never be as effective and timely as you will be when it comes time to fight for your life.
SH Resident February 14, 2014 at 12:22 PM
I plead: you are correct but the odds of me getting a carry permit are very low...so, the other option is to break the law and carry or hold the progressive fools that run this town accountable...
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 14, 2014 at 12:26 PM
If they refuse you a carry permit and you get attacked and put int he hospital, then they are liable for you bills along witht he perp. but you won't get money from the perp, but you can get money from the town, when you show the documentation that you were refused the right to carry personal protection. I have my denial documents with my lawyer and my wife has instructions what to do if anything ever happens like the shopping mall shooting.
Jill February 14, 2014 at 03:56 PM
SH Resident February 14, 2014 at 06:29 PM
Jill-Did you take your meds today?
Lawyer1 February 15, 2014 at 09:44 AM
This is not a game......ask the Chief directly...."Is it your job to protect us and can you ?" Wait for his honest answer.....then do something about protecting yourself and your loved ones. If you choose not to, it's on you. How many more will it take before y'all get it...?
Michael Kinzig February 15, 2014 at 10:24 AM
As long as there is a liberal refusal to REALLY deal with this there will be no change.... "what you tolerate you cannot change." Mike Murdock ps Jill you might be next...oh well
ryanmatt4391 February 15, 2014 at 01:26 PM
Its about time to pass a law allowing law abiding citizens to carry a concealed weapon on them! You can put 500 cops out on the street and there still won't be a cop around when you need one! I have the right to protect myself from a major crime. The cops only show up after its over and write the report!
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 15, 2014 at 01:49 PM
Ryan, what you are talking about is a militia. that what it was all about back in the day. self protection and cooperation among good men.
ryanmatt4391 February 15, 2014 at 01:50 PM
I worked in Newark for 10 yrs providing EMS to the city and i was a Sheriff's Officer in that City. These criminals don't care and there moving from the city to the suburbs now faster than they did yrs ago. There not afraid of the cops and jail! I can tell you that they are afraid of citizens carrying guns, they don't want to get shot and they know the cops take awhile to respond to the crime. We are going to see more of this type of crime because they know they can get away with it without getting shot! When i worked in Newark I only remember twice that a criminal was shot and stopped, and that was because there was an off duty Officer working in the store. Police Officers have the right to protect themselves so why can't we? The Liberal agenda would have us believe that the crime rate is low and there is no need for people to arm themselves! This is false violent crime is on the rise not only in big cities but small towns. They want us to call someone with a gun to help us when a crime is being committed against us. That takes time and they have to respond to us from God knows where maybe 10 mins maybe longer! Criminals don't care they don't follow the rules of a civilized society! They only way to fight crime and stay alive is to be armed and trained to act.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 15, 2014 at 01:53 PM
Ryanmatt, you can lead a progressive liberal commie retard to the facts but you can't make them think.
Jill February 15, 2014 at 05:50 PM
What do we want? Guns! When do we want them? Guns!
Lawyer1 February 16, 2014 at 08:29 AM
Jill........your either a very ignorant person or a Felon or a relative of someone who is...when crime visits you.....you might think differently, then again maybe not.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 16, 2014 at 08:38 AM
Jill is a stupid female. she gives the female species a bad reputation. She is why the founding fathers knew most women were illogical and should not be allowed to vote. She is one type of woman that will be a perpetual child, living in a fantasy land of coupons and sales and gift receiving holidays and government checks and free stuff from government. reality is not part of her world. This is her right to live like this, but the constitution is supposed to protect me from her type of votes. She should not be allowed to vote my second amendment right away from me or have it infringed, and it is infringed in this state.
SH Resident February 16, 2014 at 08:50 AM
Jill is the type of person that still gets a tingle up her leg when Dear Leader speaks..
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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