On April 16 a Lake Avenue resident's vacation came to an abrupt end when she returned to find her home forced open. Right away she knew her home, her private space, had been burglarized.
It's a homeowner's nightmare, to have your privacy violated, your sense of security smashed, and your belongings taken. That's why Fair Haven police are asking residents to be alert and prepared when leaving their homes.
Det. Jesse Dykstra at Fair Haven Police said that it is unclear exactly when the crime took place. At some point when the homeowner was on vacation, one or more persons forced their way into her home and removed items of value. Dykstra said they are waiting on an inventory of stolen items from the homeowner and are investigating the matter.
"Residents are being urged to be vigilant in reporting suspicious persons or vehicles seen in the borough to police," Dykstra said in a prepared statement. "It is recommended that residents going on vacations or that are going to be away from their homes for extended periods of time, notify the Fair Haven Police Department and possibly a neighbor."
Dykstra told Patch that residents should also let police know about lights they have on timers, visitors they expect and anyone local who could give them emergency access to the home.
Anyone with information that may be helpful to the investigation of this burglary is asked to contact Det. Jesse J. Dykstra of the Fair Haven Police Department at (732) 747-0241 ext. 332.
"We're hoping to nip this one in the bud," Dykstra told Patch.