2018-04-04 / Front Page

Lock & Unload Cars To Foil Thieves

By LIZ GOFF
NYPD officials are repeating a waning to motorists to remove all valuables after parking  vehicles.

Police issued several urgent pleas over the last year to motorists who insist on leaving electronic devices such as laptops, mobile phones, other gadgets and wallets in clear view inside parked vehicles.

Motorists can’t leave electronics, wallets and other valuables unattended in vehicles, particularly when they are unlocked, police said. “Doing so makes it too easy for thieves to enter vehicles, snatch valuables and run off before anyone realizes what they’ve done.”

Police are also reminding motorists to be especially careful over the approaching holiday weekend, when crooks prey on people who leave shopping bags, unwrapped purchases and valuable in clear sight in their vehicles.

NYPD officials said auto-related crimes most involve vehicles that are left unlocked and unattended by their owners. “People must understand that they cannot leave their cars unlocked, any more than they can leave home without locking their doors and windows,” police said. “You must lock your vehicle before walking away.”

“Some people think it’s safe to park unlocked cars in their private driveways with phones, laptops, wallets – and even purses stashed on the floor,” police said. “Thieves aren’t shy about swiping valuables from unlocked cars, no matter where they’re parked.”

Police are urging the public to take advantage of a wide range of crime prevention programs offered free of charge by the NYPD by calling the Crime Prevention Office or Community Affairs Office at your local precinct.

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