101 Precinct Warns About Pattern Of Car Break-ins
Lock your car doors and take your valuables. That was the advice given last week by the commanding officer of the 101 Precinct to car owners in the area at this month’s Precinct Community Council meeting.
“We have seen an increase in car break-ins over the past month or two,” said Captain Michael Lipetri on February 16. “Please, you’ve got to make sure your property is invisible in your car. It’s unfortunate, but something that we have to do. You’ve got to make sure that there are no GPSs that are visible [or] suction cups that can be seen on the window.”
Lipetri urged GPS owners to remove the suction cups from the windows of the auto and even loose change sitting near the front seat.
“It takes seconds to get into these cars and before you know it they’re in, they’re out – [and] you’re out of a GPS. They look for the change in the change hole. If they see that, that’s enough. They’re going to go after that car.” Lipetri added, “The car break-ins right now are along the Nassau County border and the Bayswater area.”
The Captain said that the precinct has been “proactive” in their work to stop the break-ins.
“I have used a lot of man-hours to combat that,” continued Lipetri, who added that there have been some arrests but not directly related to the break-ins.
“We haven’t gotten lucky for what we are looking for, but we have gotten close,” he said.