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Car Break-Ins Continue Near Farmingdale

Eight car break-ins, three cars stolen near Plainview.

Nearly a dozen car-related crimes were reported within one week, according to police.

Second Precinct detectives reported eight break-ins in and around Plainview. Macbooks, cash, and GPS units were taken in the incidents. Three cars were also stolen in Jericho, Hicksville, and North Massapequa.

"It takes less than a minute for a thief to break your car window and snatch the iPod, laptop or purse on the front seat," according to Nationwide. Among their top tips to avoid car break-ins are:

  • Keep cars parked in well lit and populated areas or with a parking attendant on duty.
  • Keep all valuables out of site and invest in a retractable cover for the trunk area to hide items. GPS systems, electronics, and pocketbooks are some of the top items 
  • Stow telltale phone and computer chargers that indicate valuables may be in the car.
  • If you're suspicious, trust your instincts and park somewhere else.

The Second Precinct reported the following crimes:

  • Jan. 14: Grand larceny; Synergy Fitness, Syosset; laptop, pocketbook, Coach sunglasses stolen from car.
  • Jan. 15: Petit larceny; Race Palace, Plainview; briefcase, personal papers stolen from car.
  • Jan. 15: Grand larceny; Eileen Way, Syosset; pocketbook stolen from car.
  • Jan. 15: Grand larceny; Synergy Fitness, Syosset; pocketbook, cash, wallet, cell phone stolen from car.
  • Jan. 16: Grand larceny; Target, Hicksville; Macbook Pro, wallet, cash stolen from car.
  • Jan. 19: Grand larceny; Levittown Ford, Hicksville; car stolen.
  • Jan. 19: Grand larceny; North Michigan Avenue, North Massapequa; car stolen.
  • Jan. 20: Petit larceny; Powell Place, Farmingdale; window broken on car, Blackberry stolen.
  • Jan. 20: Criminal mischief; United Artists Theater, Westbury; window broken on car, clothing taken.
  • Jan. 20: Criminal mischief; United Artists Theater, Westbury; window broken on car, GPS stolen.
  • Jan. 21: Grand larceny; Jericho Turnpike, Jericho; car stolen.

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Joe Dowd January 28, 2013 at 08:29 PM
What is going on here with the break-ins? We're seeing more of these recently. Any ideas we can follow for future stories?
Brian Karcher January 30, 2013 at 07:21 PM
The police really need to do something about this. It's the quality of life crimes that lead to more.

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