Hoboken residents were startled to learn that there has already been 24 burglaries in the 12 days since the year began.
Two more burglaries were reported in Hoboken this week, adding to a growing number of break-ins and thefts police are investigating in the typically safe New Jersey city.
Hoboken police say there have been seven midday burglaries in the last several weeks.
The two most recent happened Tuesday in the same building on Clinton Street. One of the victims was telling police someone had kicked in his door and stole his pricey electronics, when another victim ran up and reported that burglars had stolen her laptop, a designer watch and a bracelet, officials said.
The stolen items were worth more than $5,000, police said.
"Anybody who lives around here has a laptop in their apartment," said city resident Nick Kodes. "So there's only so much you can do."
Detectives urged residents to use deadbolts to make it difficult for burglars to bust down doors.
And if there is a pattern, police say it appears to be that burglars are paying attention to when people leave and return: in a series of Saturday night burglaries a few weeks ago, the victims were on their way to work, even though it was a weekend.
While some were concerned about break-ins happening in the middle of the day, others said what sounds like a crime spree hasn't changed their view of one of New Jersey's safest cities.
"It's nothing I'm too concerned about," said resident Bryan Kirsch. "I have full confidence in the Hoboken police department, and this is a really safe neighborhood."
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