Nassau police: Auto thefts up 18%; 396 so far this year

Last year, 334 cars were stolen in the Nassau County Police District. So far this year, there have been 396.

News 12 Staff

Oct 24, 2019, 6:35 PM

Updated 1,674 days ago

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Auto thefts have increased 18% percent this year in Nassau County, according to Nassau police.
Police say with 97% of those auto thefts, the victim had left a key fob in the car.
“Take your fob. Lock it or lose it,” says Detective Lt. Richard Lebrun. “…If you have it in your car, it's a free car.”
News 12 reported last month that three Queens men were arrested for allegedly stealing eight high-end cars from Garden City, East Hills and Syosset.
They say larcenies from unlocked cars are also increasing.
Police have issued a warning and released videos showing suspects doing what they call “jiggling.” That’s when potential robbers try door handles to see if a car is unlocked.
Last year, 334 cars were stolen in the Nassau County Police District. So far this year, there have been 396.


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