Capt. Lawrence Mihlon with Councilman Chris Neyhart - Crime Report to Mayor & Council
West Long Branch: WLB Police Captain Lawrence Mihlon addressed the Borough Council at the June 6 meeting about the recent increase in burglaries in the town. “Burglaries are up over a year ago,” he said. From March 5 to June 4 there were 13 burglaries and 2 robberies.
Mayor Janet Tucci introduced Mihlon, briefly explaining there was active police presence in the community, and the department was responding. The public was becoming more anxious about rumors and concerns. Police response has been to redirect personnel assignments to focus on the immediate situation, shifting schedules and hours appropriately.
Mihlon said the burglaries were under investigation and police were using techniques developed for addressing burglary and asked that residents still report any unusual circumstances they observe so police can investigate . He said police response in the borough is very fast, and the quicker they hear of something the faster they can respond.
The Monmouth County Police Academy has sponsored a training 2-day session to address and update police on tactics for addressing the matter. Mihlon said he and Detective Michael Paolantonio will be covering the program this week.
West Long Branch is not alone in the increase in burglaries. Other nearby towns include Long Branch, Little Silver, Shrewsbury, Tinton Falls, Oceanport, Colts Neck and Freehold were mentioned in the break-in discussions.
The WLB TIP-Line is 732-403-3500. No need to leave your name, so give as much detail as possible that might help the police. “If you see something, tell the police,” Tucci added.