"Don't make it easy for them."
That was Malverne Police Chief John Aresta's advice to residents in an interview with Patch in December 2010 after his department received several reports of thieves stealing valuables from unlocked cars parked in the village.
About a month later, Malverne Police arrested two Lakeview teens for the grand larcenies after a vigilant resident tipped them off. But in the past week, police have received four reports from residents in the village that an unknown suspect, or perhaps even multiple suspects, entered their unlocked vehicles and removed change and other items from inside.
The incidents occurred in the areas of King Street and Sydney Avenue.
Chief Aresta is once again reminding residents to lock their cars and secure any valuables inside their home.
He says, "If you take away the opportunity, then the crime goes away."