Monmouth County: As auto thefts continue to soar at alarming rates due to catch and release policies, Sheriff Shaun Golden is assigning six additional officers to the Monmouth/Ocean County Auto Theft Task Force. The sheriff recently announced this plan during a virtual task force meeting which included members of law enforcement from Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
“Members of law enforcement have been tackling this issue from the onset and doing an excellent job,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden, a member of the Monmouth/Ocean Auto Theft Task Force. “The six assigned officers are deployed to certain hot spot areas throughout Monmouth County where they are assisting patrols with local police departments, continuing to investigate the surge in auto theft, which has, and is, increasing at alarming rates, and focusing on the technology aspect with additional license plate readers.”
Monmouth County had 314 car thefts the first eight months of 2021 and 446 the first eight months of 2022. Furthermore, from January 2021 through August 2022, 100 individuals were committed to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution in connection to those auto thefts, 82 of them were released, 28 were re-arrested on similar charges, and, 19 of those re-arrested were again released. In addition, 56 individuals were also arrested in connection to auto theft but released on a summons, of them, 35 were re- arrested on similar charges.
Members of law enforcement are doing a commendable job in addressing this issue and the ongoing problem is not because of a lack of their efforts. Sheriff Golden thanks all officers throughout Monmouth County for maintaining the public safety of residents.
We encourage the public to continue to be vigilant, park in well-lit areas at night, make certain that your car is always locked when parked, and keep your key fob with you.
For a downloadable version of this press release, click here: News Release – Sheriff Golden Addresses Auto Theft Issue by Adding Officers to Task Force