A significant rise in car break-ins has prompted Westchester County officials to remind residents to keep their cars locked. District Attorney Anthony Scarpino Jr. said that the thefts, a county-wide issue, can easily be stopped if car owners lock their doors.
He said they are crimes of opportunity, and suspects typically go through neighborhoods and driveways checking for unlocked doors. When they find one, he said, they'll take whatever they can get.
He believes that teens are behind the thefts.
Officials do not believe the thieves are targeting vehicles to steal them, but in some cases, if the fob is inside, the thieves will drive the car to another location and abandon it.