The Morris Plains Police Department and surrounding agencies have been investigating several burglaries to motor vehicles over the past few days. The perpetrators have been entering unlocked vehicles and are ransacking the inside, taking anything of value. Multiple vehicles had the keys left inside and those vehicles were taken. All residents are EXTREMELY urged to lock their vehicles and take anything of value into their homes with them. DO NOT leave anything of value within view and please report any suspicious activity immediately by dialing 9-1-1.
!!!RESIDENT SCAM ADVISORY!!!
The Morris Plains Police Department as well as neighboring departments have received a higher rate of telephone scams regarding the IRS. If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and requesting you settle a debt with them or they tell you that they owe them money, DO NOT SEND MONEY without either contacting the Morris Plains Police Department or the IRS. More information on this scam and others can be located on IRS.gov. A direct link is available by clicking on the SCAM ALERT icon next to this post.
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New Jersey Statute 39:4-92.2
Procedure for motorist approaching stationary authorized emergency vehicle, tow truck, highway maintenance or emergency service vehicle.
1. a. The operator of a motor vehicle approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle as defined in R.S.39:1-1 that is displaying a flashing, blinking or alternating red or blue light or, any configuration of lights containing one of these colors, shall approach the authorized emergency vehicle with due caution and shall, absent any other direction by a law enforcement officer, proceed as follows:
(1) Make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the authorized emergency vehicle if possible in the existing safety and traffic conditions; or
(2) If a lane change pursuant to paragraph (1) of subsection a. of this section would be impossible, prohibited by law or unsafe, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a reasonable and proper speed for the existing road and traffic conditions, which speed shall be less than the posted speed limit, and be prepared to stop.
b. The operator of a motor vehicle approaching a stationary tow truck as defined in section 1 of P.L.1999, c.396 (C.39:3-84.6) that is displaying a flashing amber light or a stationary highway maintenance or emergency service vehicle that is operated by the State, an authority or a county or municipality and displaying flashing yellow, amber, or red lights shall approach the vehicle with due caution and shall, absent any other direction by a law enforcement officer, proceed as follows:
(1) Make a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the tow truck or highway maintenance or emergency service vehicle if possible in the existing safety and traffic conditions; or
(2) If a lane change under paragraph (1) of subsection b. of this section would be impossible, prohibited by law or unsafe, reduce the speed of the motor vehicle to a reasonable and proper speed for the existing road and traffic conditions, which speed shall be less than the posted speed limit, and be prepared to stop.
c. A violation of this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $500.
Going on Vacation? The Morris Plains Police Department will keep an extra eye on your home while you are away! just click on the Photo Above, fill out the form and fax it to 973-538-3382 or drop it off at our headquarters: 531 Speedwell Avenue, Morris Plains, NJ 07950
531 Speedwell Avenue Morris Plains, NJ 07950
Vehicle Burglaries have become prominent in the surrounding areas of Morris Plains again this summer. Not only that, but vehicle thefts are up as well. Click on the Car Break Ins Photo below for ideas on ways to avoid becoming a victim. Always call 9-1-1- if you see something suspicious!!
The Morris Plains Police Department is currently accredited under the New Jersey State Association of Chief's of Police Accreditation Program. This is a very prestigious accomplishment and accredited status represents a significant professional achievement. Accreditation acknowledges the implementation of policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective.
Recently, our agency along with surrounding agencies, have seen an increase in scam attempts involving Green Dot Money Cards. Callers are targeting random residents and advising them that they are either a Utility Company or the IRS. The callers state that they are attempting to collect a debt and the Green Dot Card is required for payment. Be advised this is a scam and no one should purchase these cards. Anyone who becomes a potential victim to this scam is advised to contact the Morris Plains Police Department. More information can be found by clicking the photograph on the right.
Another scam that has been active lately is called the Grandparent Scam. In this scam, residents are receiving phone calls from someone claiming to be related to them asking for money after being injured in a car accident or stating they have been arrested and need money right away. For more information on this scam, click on the Grandparent Scam Photo.
The Morris Plains Police Department supports Project Childsafe. Gun safety is crucial to ensure a safe home. We offer free gunlocks that are available at headquarters, 531 Speedwell Avenue, Morris Plains, NJ 07950. For more information on Project Childsafe, Click on the icon to the left.
Silver Alerts are fairly new in New Jersey. When you are driving on a highway and see signs for a silver alert, this deals with Missing Persons who are over the age of 50. These people may also have other reasons why they have gone missing, such as dementia or Alzheimer's. For more information on Silver Alerts, see the image to the right.
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