2000-06-03 / Front Page

Protect Your Auto

From Thieves

Residents of Rockaway, it’s that time of year again. The weather is getting warmer and those who like to break into autos enjoy this time of year. Although it is a problem all year long, vehicles starting getting broken into more now and through the summer than during the winter months.

For the residents who reside in the buildings along Shore Front parkway, to keep you informed, the police have had three vehicles stolen in your area from Beach 72 street to Beach 86 street along Shore Front parkway. These vehicles were taken during the period of May 14 to May 23, and all three vehicles taken were 1991 Toyota Camrys.

As has been explained in past articles and to groups addressed by the crime prevention officer, many residents have alarms on their cars and use the club and other devices to keep their vehicles from being stolen, and that’s fine. Those who don’t should. However, many people fail to safeguard their property and leave it out inside the car in plain view. This is just what perpetrators look for during the day, and night is even worse because fewer people are out and most residents are likely to be asleep. Perps will go from car to car looking for anything of value. They will break in for change, tokens or any type of personal property left inside. People have a tendency to leave cameras and other expensive items on the seat just waiting to be taken. When shopping, put packages in the trunk. By leaving property in clear view in the car, not only will it most likely be taken, but the perps will probably break car windows and door locks to get to it, which is even more of an inconvenience.

The police will do whatever they can to protect the property of the residents of Rockaway, but the community has to do its part to reduce the chance of becoming a victim.

P.O. MIKE ROSENTHAL

CRIME PREVENTION OFFICER

100 PRECINCT


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