2013-07-31 / Front Page

Nassau County Police caution residents to lock their cars

The Nassau County Police Department wants you to keep your auto and its contents safe and secure. The police department has noticed a recent change in certain crimes relating to automobiles. Some of the following suggestions are quite easy to do and they limit the possibility that a thief will break into your car to steal your property. .    
Never leave valuables such as laptops, wallets, backpacks, purses, IPods, GPS systems in plain view. If you must leave items in the auto please lock them out of view in the trunk. Don’t leave the GPS unit on the windshield. Take off the GPS mounting bracket and wipe off the suction cup residue. If a criminal sees the mounting bracket or the suction cup ring on the windshield they know that the unit is probably in the car.
Always lock your car doors, even in your driveway, especially at night. Criminals usually break into cars late at night when people are sleeping and it is harder to spot them in the dark. Criminals also watch you drive up to gyms, parks, malls, running tracks, etc.  They notice when you arrive at your destination and see you put valuables under the seat or in the trunk of the car. \. To deter criminals from breaking into your unoccupied auto, carry the valuables with you or put the items into the trunk before you arrive at your destination.
When leaving your car unattended, close your windows and lock the doors. Half of all stolen cars are left unlocked. Remove the keys, because one fifth of all car thefts are caused by leaving the car unattended while the engine is running.
It only takes about 10 seconds to steal your idling car while you are in the convenience store. Park the car in a well-lit, busy parking lot or a lot with an attendant. Park your car in your garage or lighted driveway. Do not leave your insurance cards, registration or title in the glove box. Leave the originals in a safe place and only carry the copies in your wallet. This hinders criminals from impersonating you when they are stopped by the police.
 If you see suspicious activity immediately call 911. Tell the 911 operator everything that you see and stay on the phone until the operator tells you to hang up.
 ­— County Executive Ed Mangano and Police Commissioner Thomas Dale

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