Bergen County To Initiate Program Aimed At Stemming Car Thefts

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Tonight, Tuesday, August 2, 2022 will be celebrated nationally as America’s night out against crime. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood rapport to make neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Many Bergen County towns will offer family friendly activities, food, and informational giveaways.

At this evening’s events, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office will join with the County of Bergen and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office to launch the “Bergen Beeps” initiative. In response to an alarming spike in vehicle thefts, this county-wide program encourages car owners to take preventative steps to safeguard the security of their vehicles.

“We view National Night Out as a valuable opportunity to engage with local residents and share important crime prevention and safety messages,” said Prosecutor Mark Musella. “With this year’s “Bergen Beeps” initiative, we want to share common sense safety tips such as locking car doors, concealing valuables from plain sight, and removing key fobs from cars.”

Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco, III stated, “National Night Out offers law enforcement and the residents they serve an opportunity to enjoy an evening of community building and family fun. As the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office visits local NNO events, I encourage all residents to ask about #BergenBeeps, because together, we can stop vehicle break-ins. On behalf of the residents of Bergen County, I wish all participating communities a happy National Night Out!”

“Each year, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office looks forward to National Night Out, said Sheriff Anthony Cureton. “It’s a moment, where the men and women of BCSO can interact with our community and build lasting relationships. It’s with great joy that our agency can share in the festivities at various municipalities across Bergen County and promote safety awareness. Information and resources are available through #BergenBeeps to help thwart vehicle thefts.”

Representatives from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office will join local police departments in Englewood, Glen Rock, Harrington Park, New Milford, Palisades Park, Paramus, Ridgefield, Rochelle Park, Rutherford, Saddle Brook and Teaneck at the following locations:

Englewood – 5 to 8pm in Mackay Park, 130 West Englewood Ave                                  Glen Rock – 5pm to 9pm at Municipal Pool                                                         Harrington Park – 6 to 9pm in Highland Field                                                              New Milford – 7 to 10pm at Kennedy Field behind New Milford Borough Hall            Palisades Park – 5:30 to 8pm at Swim Club, 200 Roosevelt Place                            Paramus – 5 to 7pm at Public Library, 116 East Century Road                                Ridgefield – 6 to 8pm at Memorial Park, 550 Edison Street                                     Rochelle Park – 6 to 9pm at Midland School, 300 Rochelle Ave                              Rutherford – 6 to 9pm in Lincoln Park                                                                     Saddle Brook – 6 to 9pm at Municipal Complex, 55 Mayhill Street                            Teaneck – 5 to 8pm in Milton Votee Park, Palisades Avenue