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Thefts from cars prompt Cheektowaga Police to increase nighttime patrols

Cheektowaga Police have increased nighttime patrols because of an increase in overnight thefts of property from unlocked cars, Assistant Police Chief Jim Speyer said Thursday.

"Now that nicer weather is finally here, the Town of Cheektowaga, like many other municipalities, has experienced a surge in the number of reports of people breaking into and stealing from vehicles parked either in the street or in private driveways over the last several weeks," Speyer said.

Most of the incidents have taken place in the early morning hours while victims were asleep and "in almost all the cases, the doors of the victimized vehicles had been left unlocked overnight," Speyer said.

So Cheektowaga Police have stepped up patrols throughout residential areas in the town, and several arrests have already been made, he added.

Many of the thefts reported over the past week have been in the Union Road, Genesee Street and George Urban Boulevard area, Speyer said.

Speyer advised car owners to lock their vehicles' doors and to store precious valuables in their cars out of plain view. He also encouraged residents to look out their windows occasionally at night and to report any suspicious persons or activity to police by dialing 911 immediately.

Speyer stressed that residents should not take any actions to confront suspected thieves.

"We believe that most of these incidents occur as youths walk through the neighborhoods, trying vehicle doors and rummaging through the ones found unlocked," the assistant police chief said.

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