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Malverne Police Remind Residents to Lock Car Doors

Thieves rummaging through vehicles left unsecured in the village.

"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."

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Bill Breuer October 23, 2012 at 10:34 AM
What time of day did these incidents occur? Did the incidents occur on a weekday or on a weekend? Were the cars parked in a driveway or on the street? Was more than one family victimized? To what extent is this area patrolled?
frego October 23, 2012 at 01:26 PM
relax Columbo
paul October 23, 2012 at 02:20 PM
I keep finding out that more and more Long Islanders are really really dumb. The car has a door lock USE IT. Why on earth do the police even have to remind you of that. That includes the locks on your house....
Bill Breuer October 23, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Hey Frego! Thanks for the compliment. Colombo was always on the right track. Without more information, I'm just a little put off by the unfortunate reference to "Lakeview teens".

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