A string of crimes reported locally brings a good reminder to lock your doors and valuables, says Monmouth Police Chief Joe Switzer:
“If you have your car parked outside, it’s on the street, it’s in the driveway, it’s in your garage, you still have to lock your car doors. These people are walking around in the wee hours of the morning, late hours of the night, and they are looking for vehicles that the car doors aren’t locked. If the door is not locked it is easy for them to get in and they start rifling through it and taking things. People leaving things inside your vehicle of value, keep that stuff hidden, put it in your trunk, and keep your vehicles locked. That is the best advice we can give.”
Furthermore, illegal street drugs continue to cause concerns locally and across the country, especially with the rise in use of fentanyl laced drugs, informs Chief Switzer:
“Fentanyl is getting extremely common throughout the United States. It is pouring across the border and it is coming in from Mexico, probably manufactured in China, coming through the border, and is making its’ way through the interior of the United States. Fentanyl is a dangerous drug and it takes very minute amounts of it to affect somebody and cause someone to go into an overdose. It can be put in just about anything that anybody is buying on the street.”
Since the passing of recreational and medicinal marijuana, Chief Switzer says the sale of drugs on the streets has been unaffected, if not enhanced the illegal sale.