Hackettstown Police Department - 215 W. Stiger St. Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Emergency: 911 | Non-Emergency: (908) 852-3300 | Office: (908) 852-3302| Fax: (908) 852-8357

Safety & Prevention





  1. Shop during daylight hours whenever possible, with a friend or family member.
  2. If you shop at night, always park in a well-lighted area.
  3. Park as close as you can to your destination and take notice of where you parked.
  4. Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside.
  5. Do not leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car. This creates a temptation for thieves. If you must leave something in the car, lock it in the trunk or put it out of sight.
  6. Be sure to locate your keys prior to going to your car.
  7. Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area.
  8. Ask mall or store security for an escort before leaving your shopping location.
  9. Dress casually and comfortably.
  10. Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
  11. Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible.
  12. Always carry Identification, necessary cash, checks and/or a credit card you expect to use.
  13. Even though you are rushed, stay alert to your surroundings.
  14. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
  15. Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.
  16. Keep cash in your front pocket.
  17. Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.
  18. Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.
  19. Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse. They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, transportation terminals, and public forms of transportation.
  20. Avoid overloading yourself with packages.
  21. Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, "con-artists" may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
Questions about this article can be directed to Ptl. Smith via email
or contact Hackettstown Police Dept. at (908) 852-3302.