The Village of Frankfort is the latest community to be impacted by a rash of vehicle break-ins; 14 vehicles were broken into during the overnight hours of July 25th. Over the weekend, 20 cars were targeted in Little Falls. It hardly matters where you live: New Hartford, Utica, and Clinton have been struck by thieves as well. Car break-ins seem to be happening with alarming regularity locally. Whole neighborhoods may get hit in one evening, with anything from spare change to laptops stolen from vehicles.

What can you do to protect your vehicle from these criminals? Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take.

According to firestonecompleteautocare.com, these are the things you need to do to prevent car break-ins:

  1. Lock your doors and close your windows. If you make it easy for criminals, they will take advantage.
  2. Don't leave valuables out in the open. If your purse or expensive GPS system are visible to a thief, they're probably going to try and get them.
  3. Park your car in a well-lit area. If you're parking in a driveway, leave an exterior light on overnight.

Be sure to keep your eyes open for anything suspicious in your neighborhood, including cars circling your street. If something seems 'off' to you, contact your local police or Sheriff's department.

Just by taking some basic precautions, you might be able to prevent a car break-in or at least minimize your losses if thieves still manage to get inside your vehicle.

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