2011-03-25 / Top Stories

Car Break-in Pattern Hits Bayswater

By Miriam Rosenberg


In the last two weeks there have been 10 car break-ins in Bayswater. Some cars were left unlocked allowing thieves easy entry, while other vehicles had their windows broken. In the last two weeks there have been 10 car break-ins in Bayswater. Some cars were left unlocked allowing thieves easy entry, while other vehicles had their windows broken. As a result of 10 car break-ins in Bayswater over the last two weeks, the 101 Precinct has put out an alert for car owners to take extra precaution after they park their vehicles.

According to officers from the precinct, over the almost two-week period, thieves have targeted such areas as Bayswater Avenue near PS 104, Beach 31 Street, and Sunnyside Place. Several break-ins have also occurred near Waterloo Avenue.

“Most [victims] are leaving their car doors open,” said Officer Matthew Beigay, the precinct’s crime prevention officer.

While GPS systems, briefcases and cell phones are the items that have mostly been reported as missing as a result of the nighttime break-ins, Beigay added that one perpetrator netted $300 in cash.

The precinct is urging car owners to follow some simple safety tips to help prevent break-ins.

People should remove from their vehicles any GPS systems, iPods, handbags and wallets. Police also recommend that no items be left in the trunk. Do not leave mounts or any other hardware that could indicate that there is a GPS system or satellite radio in the car. All windows should be closed and doors should be locked. If you own an antitheft device, make sure it is activated. To prevent thieves from impersonating you, selling valuable documents and to prevent becoming a victim of a home burglary, do not keep your driver’s license, registration, title, or any other identifiable information in the car. Always remember to take your keys with you when you exit the vehicle.

The car break-ins are nothing new to Bayswater. Last year a pattern began in May. Arrests were made last summer. In February the commanding officer of the 101 Precinct, Captain Michael Lipetri, warned of car break-ins along the Nassau County border and in Bayswater.

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