Stafford Police Warn About Thefts

Copper and personal property reports are becoming more frequent in Beach Haven West, Village Harbor areas.

Officials with the Stafford Township Police Department are warning residents that they are "experiencing a high volume of copper and theft of personal property reports in the Beach Haven West and Village Harbor area."

Many areas of Stafford,

In a prepared statement, Stafford police wrote:

"Although there is no foolproof way on preventing these selfish acts from happening, residents can follow some simple tips in order to protect your properties:

* Make every attempt to secure your home and crawl space entrance when you leave your property.

* Communicate with neighbors and let them know no one other than contractors and paid services are to be on the property. If possible, tell your neighbors the contractor’s business name.

* Record any license plates and description of any suspicious vehicles or people you encounter or observe.

* If you see someone entering or exiting the rear of homes or from a crawl space carrying equipment or copper material, call police."

For immediate response, residents are encouraged to contact the Stafford Township Police Department at 609-597-8581.

For anonymous callers and for all other criminal related information please contact 609-597-1189 x8477 (TIPS).

Lynne Geneva February 18, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Nothing but scumbags! !
LT February 18, 2013 at 11:43 PM
I gotta louisville slugger just waiting for these skanks
KRaz February 19, 2013 at 01:12 AM
This happened on our street over a month ago and they are now just warning the residents.? Secondly, there are very few people who are able to live in their homes, so how help their neighbors? The low lifes ripping us off know that! How about the police patrol BHW/VH more at night when most of these thefts are happening?
KRaz February 19, 2013 at 11:37 AM
This happened on our street over a month ago in BHW. It's about time they warned the community. BHW is a ghost town, how can neighbors help by calling police if they are not there? Maybe the police should patrol BHW/VH more at night to catch these low lifes ripping us off! We are afraid to leave anything outside because of the thefts.
Claude Dempsey February 19, 2013 at 03:16 PM
This is terrible. This person or people are the lowest. Maybe we can get super-spy mayor John Spodofora to go deep undercover on this case to bust these dirtbags. Just like he did when he was a SEAL/spy in Vietnam. Oh wait - that never happened. Only in his imagination. Better leave it to the STPD.
Karen M February 20, 2013 at 12:39 AM
Exactly. I called on Sunday and i was told they were patrolling, yet I didn't see one cop car going in or out of Village Harbor. And yes, it is a ghost town. There are only 3 people on my street and the rest are no where to be found. With a police force of over a 100, why don't they post two cops on Jennings so they have a check point like they have everywhere else. Its ridiculous. They know that people are not there, what are the police doing?
KRaz February 20, 2013 at 11:39 AM
Nothing .... that's what the police are doing! We talked to the officer who came out to investigate the thefts, he didn't even check other vacant houses to see how many houses were hit (they stole the copper pipe from the outside showers). He asked if we had a video camera on the house ... really? I walked around and notified a few neighbors that had been hit. You have 3 more people on you st than we do ... even on weekends ... we are there working and there aren't many people. Still undecided on what they are going to do .... shame, it's never going to be the same.
Karen M February 20, 2013 at 01:06 PM
I'm actually going to install an alarm system this weekend and I am going to get video cameras because I'm sick of this. I can't afford to pay any more people to come out and repair stuff thats been stolen, this is ridiculous. When the hurricane first happened, my husband almost got into a physical altercation with a couple of punks and I just can't allow that to happen. With the amount of cops that they have on duty, I really think that they can spare two cops and post them somewhere to do checkpoints. I mean they are still doing this in other parts of the shore, why can't it be done in BHW. Is this what my tax dollars pay for. I thought I'm supposed to feel safe, now everytime a car drives by, I'm always jumpy.
Lynne Geneva February 20, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Not that this will make us feel any better but my adjuster said should be covered by homeowners insurance. Can't hurt to try.
Karen M February 20, 2013 at 10:23 PM
I think what happens if you have an alarm system they will give you some money off on your policy, I'm not sure how much though.
John Eric Mangino February 21, 2013 at 04:09 PM
If you let so much as one scrapper on to your street the partys over . If you do not call every out place vehicle in as well . We lost a huge amount revenue as a town letting the Out side contractors have all this and invited criminals in . I have to things hand on make a big noise and propels lead and the second is a camera . Use them both . Its sad we cant just check point these roads in Theres only a couple the need to do .. Call the police even if your driving down the road and spot a scrapper turn around take picture there license plate ..
Karen M February 22, 2013 at 01:45 AM
I own a home in Village Harbor and I constantly see trucks and vans driving down my street. I am always looking out the window because I don't get why people are even driving down at the end of the cul de sac, except to maybe scope the place out. The cops should be posted at the end of Newell and Jennings, like they were when the hurricane first occured. Its ridiculous for them to say talk to your neighbors and have your neighbors keep an eye out when they're not even there. There are about 40-50 houses on my street, which right now have maybe 5 people at the most living there, so who is going to watch? Its a shame that we pay alot of taxes in this town and we have to be subjected to this crap. I made several trips to the store the other day and I didn't see one cop, just a shady maroon truck parked at the intersection of Newell and Jennings with two guys in it. What is the police force in Stafford Twp doing to stop this threat? As far as I'm concerned, absolutely nothing.
Skitch February 23, 2013 at 05:08 AM
You are correct. Theft of copper plumbing, personal property etc "is" covered under your homeowner policy. That being said, you may want to watch what kind of claims you turn in under your policy. Multiple claims "may" get you cancelled. My opinion is that it would not be worth the risk of having the policy cancelled on you. I think you will find that in the future it will be much harder to find an insurance company who will willingly take or write your business in a shore town because of the recent storms. It was hard to find an insurance carrier prior to the storm to write my policy without charging me an arm/leg. Just my opinion. I personally prefer the big dog approach to would be thiefs. Good luck!!!
Bionic Bill February 23, 2013 at 07:48 PM
Have to be proactive! I see a suspicious vehicle on my road I'll stop them and ask what they're doing! They don't come back because they know we are watching them! Good luck relying on someone else, it'll be 15 - 20 minutes before the "Local authorities" show up and the dirtbags will be long gone, been there done that! Goof ball Biden even tells his wife to walk out on her deck and fire a few warning shots! LOL!


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