TUCKAHOE, N.Y. - Following a recent rise in auto larcenies during the holiday season, the Tuckahoe Police Department is warning residents to be cautious when parking and leaving unoccupied vehicles overnight in the village.
On Tuesday, the Department issued a series of common-sense tips and tricks for homeowners to help them avoid becoming the latest victim of burglars that have been targeting expensive devices in parked - often unlocked - vehicles.
“The Tuckahoe Police Department, as well as surrounding communities has found a rise in larcenies from unoccupied vehicles during overnight hours,” Tuckahoe Police Chief John Costanzo warned in an alert that went out to residents.
“Electronic devices such as Global Positioning Systems, laptop computers, iPods, MP3 players, cell phones are the targets of choice; however, loose change and personal belongings have also been stolen.”
According to the department, cars doors and windows should always be locked and closed, and devices should not be left in vehicles overnight. Bags, briefcases or backpacks should be stored in the trunk, not in plain view. Car keys should not be left in any vehicle, as several have been stolen by thieves using keys found inside unlocked doors.
“Despite several arrests of suspects committing these crimes; there has been a steady wave of criminal opportunities who continue to plague our community. We are working with our law enforcement partners to address this issue and ask for the public’s assistance,” Costanzo noted. “If you notice anything suspicious, notify the Tuckahoe Police Department and call 911. Anyone with questions can call (914) 961-4800.”