Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Extra attention will be paid to drivers and passengers as Franklin Lakes gears up for "Click it or Ticket" initiative.
The Franklin Lakes Police Department will be cracking down on drivers and passengers who aren’t buckled up. Starting May 20 and ending June 2, the “Click it or Ticket” campaign will be back. “Using a seat belt is the simplest way for a motorist and his or her passengers to protect themselves when traveling,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety. “In 2010 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide.” 425 police agencies participated in the 2012 “Click it or Ticket” initiative. As a result, 29,307 seatbelt citations, 4,951 speeding summonses and 861 drunk driving arrests were made. During last year's campaign, the increased police attention on drivers yielded over 300 …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Cash and jewelry were stolen from one Franklin Lakes home while another nearby burglary attempt was unsuccessful.
Two Franklin Lakes homes were targeted by burglars Monday, according to borough police. One of those homes with an unlocked back door was succesfully burglarized while the other would-be burglar ran off. An Arapaho Trail resident reported that his home had been broken into between 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Monday afternoon, Franklin Lakes Police Lt. John Bakelaar said Tuesday. Bedrooms in the home had been ransacked and a yet-to-be-determined amount of cash and jewelry was taken, cops said. Burglars gained access to the home through an unlocked rear door. Also on Monday, a resident of Water View Drive, some two miles away from Arapaho Trail, reported seeing a suspicious male attempting to enter her home through the rear door just before 2 p.m…
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Here is a taste of what went on in Wyckoff and Franklin Lakes over the last week.
“The goal here is not to give tickets. It is to get people to slow down,” said Franklin Lakes Mayor Frank Bivona. “This time of year it is important to remind drivers that there are more people out walking and exercising. This is all about public safety." A Franklin Lakes Police Officer has created an app that allows people to put down the distractions and monitor their children's safety while on the road. The Ramapo Spring Musical went to rounds of applause and roars of laughter on its opening night on Thursday in the Harry K. Berkheuser Performing Arts Center of Ramapo High School. A 300-year-old red oak just feet from Wyckoff Avenue that hundreds of us drive past every day stands proud on the NJ Department of Environmental Protection's…
Friday, April 26, 2013
A Franklin Lakes Police Officer has created an app that allows people to put down the distractions and monitor their children's safety while on the road.
Officer Jim Schnaidt of the Franklin Lakes Police Department is not just looking out for public safety while on the clock. Schnaidt brings his work home with him and continues to try to find ways to improve public safety. Live2Txt is the product of a thought process that began with the basic idea of limiting distractions while driving. “Even if your phone's ringer is off while you drive, the phone can still light up or alert you that you have received a text,” said Schnaidt. “When you hear a text alert or notice your phone ringing, it is human nature to want to check it. Live2Txt helps eliminate the temptation.” Live2Txt is an app that Schnaidt and the people at Green Lion Digital released this week. The app shows up on the user's home …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The Franklin Lakes Police Department will be implementing 'Operation Safe-Streets' to help stop the speeding problem on Borough roads.
Franklin Lakes Police routinely receive complaints regarding vehicles exceeding the 25 MPH speed limit that is in effect on all streets within Franklin Lakes (excluding county and state roadways). The problem persists even in local developments and often times the speeders are Borough residents themselves. The Franklin Lakes Police Department, with the support of the Mayor and Council, will be initiating “Operation Safe-Streets” in the Borough. Pedestrians, bicyclists, children at play, domestic animals and vehicles all share the roadway and to ensure the safety of all roadway users the FLPD will be employing an “additional level of aggressive traffic violation enforcement.” “The goal here is not to give tickets. It is to get people to …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Three high-end cars have been reported stolen from borough residents since Friday morning.
Three cars stolen between Friday, April 12, and Monday, April 15, have prompted Franklin Lakes Police to renew calls for borough residents to protect their vehicles. “I would once again like to remind people lock their cars every night,” said Detective Lieutenant John Bakelaar. “The mistake a lot of people make is that they know there is a cycle of crime and once that cycle seems to end they go back to their old habits. This is something they need to do always and forever. Lock your cars and don’t leave valuables in your car.” A 2008 Cadillac was reported stolen Friday by a Sunset Terrace resident. The vehicle had been parked at the front of the home and was apparently stolen during overnight hours. A resident on Old Forge Lane and a …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
A gas line was accidentally struck during construction causing road closure and traffic delays.
A gas line was struck near 809 Franklin Ave. Tuesday and the road was closed for a number of hours. Franklin Lakes Fire Department and PSE&G responded quickly and secured the scene. Franklin Lakes Police Department was also on scene for much of the afternoon to help guide traffic. FLPD believes that it was an isolated accidental incident and does not expect this problem to cause any further road closures.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The Quik Shop located in the Franklin Square shopping center was burglarized in the early morning hours of Easter Sunday.
The Quik Shop located in the Franklin Square Shopping Center was broken into early Sunday morning. Responding officers discovered that unknown persons had burglarized the store. According to police on the scene, entry was gained through glass entrance door, which had apparently been smashed out by rocks. The break in occured just before 1:30 a.m. on Sunday. Some cash, coins and cartons of cigerettes were taken. “We believe that the burglary may have a connection with an arrest that Ringwood had made,” said Detective Lieutenant John Bakelaar. “Our detectives our currently investigating the possibility of a link between that arrest and this burglary.” The Quik Shop storeowner did not wish to comment but did say that everything was fine, no …
Monday, October 15, 2012
Thieves hit the bedrooms of the Valley View Drive North home and escaped before the homeowner returned to discover the burglary early Sunday morning .
Burglars struck at the home of a Franklin Lakes resident near the Colonial Road entrance of Route 208 this weekend, according to police. A Valley View Drive North resident returned home just after midnight early Sunday morning to find that someone had broken into the home through the front door, he then called police to report the break-in, borough cops said Monday morning. Officers arrived on the scene in less than five minutes, according to a police report, confirmed the break in and began an investigation. Cops found jewelry strewn about the first floor, according to the report. They also found footprints at the home, but refused to provide additional information regarding the prints, which had been presumably left by quickly moving …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Aztec Trail homeowner tells police two short hispanic men in their twenties tried to illegally enter his Franklin Lakes residence
Authorities were unable to apprehend either of the two men who attempted to break into an Aztec Trail home Monday afternoon, according to Franklin Lakes Police. Two men attempted to illegally enter the man's home at approximately 2 p.m. Monday, the man told borough cops. One of the men tried to force his way through a rear sliding door and the second man tried to force his way through a garage door, but both were unsuccessful and the homeowner contacted police. The homeowner made visual contact with the suspects who then moved around to the side of the house nearest to Creole Lane, at which point he lost sight of them, according to a police report. Borough police responded and the Bergen County Police K-9 unit was called in to track the …