UNION COUNTY, NJ — Police are warning the public to secure their homes in Westfield and Mountainside following a series of early Friday morning break-ins — attempts for some of which have been captured on video.

In an emergency alert, Mountainside police said the criminal-doers had been entering unsecured homes in the area of Woodland Avenue.

“In the overnight hours both Mountainside and Westfield have experienced criminal activity involving actors entering open and unlocked doors of residential homes in the surrounding area,” the police alert said.

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Videos posted to the social media site Ring.com’s Neighbors App Friday show security footage of the suspect activity on Garfield Avenue, Grant Avenue and in the area of Wychwood in Westfield.

Westfield’s police chief confirmed there had been incidents, but declined to release further information, saying that Mayor Shelley Brindle would be releasing the specifics in her Friday evening COVID-19 update.

“Please make certain all doors are closed and locked and as always lock your vehicles and remove the keys,” police in Mountainside said. “Please check your home video systems for activity and report any suspicious events to police.”

Break-ins to unlocked cars in Westfield have been an ongoing issue in recent months.

Westfield last saw a rash of home break-ins in 2018, during which suspects snuck into unlocked houses then stole cash, credit cards and other valuables while the residents were sleeping.

Email Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net | Twitter: @MattKadosh

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