Friday, 19 February 2010 00:00
Residents should be aware of a rash of recent car, home and garage break-ins in the Westbury area over the past several months, including several within the past several weeks.
The village has been in communication with officers from Nassau County’s Third Precinct who have advised Westbury officials that they are aware of this issue and are conducting an ongoing investigation. They have also advised the village that this problem is not isolated to Westbury, and that the incidents of home and car break-ins are on the rise throughout Nassau County.
The police department indicates that most of the car break-in incidents involve the taking of valuables left in plain sight, including portable GPS and similar electronic devices (radios, computers, etc.). In light of this fact, the village is advising all Westbury residents to be careful not to keep or store any valuables in their cars, and to remove any GPS devices or other valuable property when leaving their cars. Cars should also be locked when left unattended. These simple precautions could save you the inconvenience and expense of having to repair damage from a car break-in or having to replace stolen property.
Further, the home break-ins have typically involved the theft of gold jewelry, usually from bedrooms, due to current high gold prices. Residents are advised to keep all doors and windows locked, and to refuse entry into your home of anyone that is not known to you. Gold and other valuables in the home should be stored in safe and preferably locked, non-obvious places.
Residents are advised, for their safety, not to confront anyone that is attempting to commit one of these crimes, but immediately to seek safety and call the police department. To report incidents of this nature, residents should call the Nassau County Police Department’s Third Precinct at 573-6300, the village’s Code Enforcement Hotline at 333-1869 and Westbury Village Hall at 334-1700.