$90K BMW Stolen From Wyckoff Driveway

Clinton Avenue resident had left keys in car, police say

A Wyckoff resident is out nearly $100,000 after a 2011 BMW loaded with expensive goods was stolen right out of her driveway, according to police.

The Clinton Avenue resident told police that she heard her black BMW X6 driving away at about 10:30 p.m. on Friday night and thought a family member was using it, said Wyckoff Police Chief Benjamin Fox.

"That was not the case," Fox said.

Police said that the $90,000 vehicle had been left unlocked in the driveway with the keys and approximately $5,000 worth of personal items inside.

"In the car were several high end expensive carry bags, a high end purse, an iPod and some expensive miscellaneous stuff," said Fox. 

Fox issued the same warning he said he's been preaching to Wyckoff residents for years: "When you park your car, lock your car. Secure the keys. Do that, you won't be a victim. Fail to do that, you make your property vulnerable. It's a very simple recipe."

In January, Wyckoff residents reported five incidents of thieves entering their cars and stealing various electronic items.

All of the residents who suffered losses had failed to lock their vehicles, Fox said earlier in the year — thieves here haven't been smashing car windows, merely looking for the easy grab, Fox said.

In December 2011, someone made off with a Franklin Lakes resident's 2010 BMW X6.

The vehicle — valued at about $100,000 — was also unlocked and its proximity key, which unlocks the doors and starts the car, was left in the vehicle, Franklin Lakes Police Lieutenant John Bakelaar said after the crime.  

Boyd A. Loving February 21, 2012 at 09:48 PM
A late model Mercedes and and late model Range Rover were stolen from different homes on the same street in Ridgewood within the past 2 weeks. Both vehicles had been left with keys in their respective ignitions, unlocked, in residential driveways. The thefts both occurred overnight. Simple solution, lock your car, take your keys. Despite the seeming safety associated with most neighborhoods in Northwest Bergen, crime is everywhere.
Scondo February 21, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Probably has insurance, just saying.
Joe videodummy February 22, 2012 at 08:27 AM
Every expensive automobile in the state is under a watch full eye of a thief. Don't kid yourself. There are gangs out there that have else to do but locate and follow expensive cars in the same manner as prospective buyers search for a new home. These people are well trained professionals that spend marathon amounts of time locating the car and planning the theft. The only thing they have going on in their lives is stealing an expensive automobile and cashing in. They make anywhere from a few hundred on a Rental-Esclade to a few thousand on a high end BMW. Anything that can fit in a landscape trailer. A very expensive steering wheel lock can slow down a car theft and a good one is : Viper Lock 1593-AP-Gold Steering Wheel Anti-Theft Lock. This one has a hexagon shaped steel shaft that's "almost impossible" to cut, and a lock that is Freon resistant. A thief will have to clip both the top and bottom half of the steering wheel leaving very limited steering capabilities if they ever do succeeded in getting it off. $65.00 You can also add a Kiss Box ignition disabler that can only be activated with a swipe card ( credit card ). With these a wireless relay connects seperately to the starter, the ignition and the fuel pump circuit. Made by Keytroller LLC Florida You have 30 seconds to start car w/key once you open a door, then this takes over and you have to swipe the card first. under $200.00 installed.
Don Lanini February 22, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Is it just me or is it a silly risk to leave the keys in a car anywhere?
Noemi February 23, 2012 at 12:02 AM
How stupid are people these days, if they are foreigners they are laughing and saying these dumb Americans, sad part they are right
Joseph M. Gerace (Editor) February 23, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Why would you assume anything about the car thief's nationality?
Noemi February 23, 2012 at 02:23 AM
I didn't assume silly, I said IF..
Elizabeth Cox April 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM
why would you leave your keys in the car along with that much expensive belongings. wake up people we don't live in Mayberry !


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