HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. Less than a week into the new year, several cases of stolen cars and vehicle break-ins have been reported in the villages. Local police said they have seen an increase in thefts involving unlocked cars, urging locals to lock their doors. Still, many village residents said they feel safe enough not to do so.
We lock the car, said Paulina Pommeranz, who is originally from Germany and works as a nanny in Hastings. We lock the cars and I think its pretty safe in the neighborhood.
Some local residents said they dont feel the need to lock their cars, but also dont want to deal with any potential damage either.
To be honest, the reason I dont lock it is because I dont really leave anything of value in it so if they do decide to go in, its probably going to do less damage for me to leave the car open and let them go snoop around as opposed to locking it and having to deal with a broken door or window, said Cesare Denovellis, a Hastings resident for the past 10 years.
Hastings Police Lt. David Dosin said people can help fight further thefts by simply picking up the phone.
We need the publics help, he said. If the public could please call us no matter how minor they think something is. It could turn out to be a good lead, if not an arrest.
While it may not be an impenetrable solution, Dosin said the best way to help prevent thefts is also the most obvious way.
The best way to prevent thefts, its unfortunate the times we live in, but to lock your doors, he said. It seems like theres more and more with the unlocked vehicles.
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