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Oct 24, 2011 3:46 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Public Asked To Be On Alert Following String Of Car Break-Ins Across Southampton Town

Oct 26, 2011 10:35 AM

Southampton Town car owners are being asked to remain vigilant as a rash of vehicle break-ins has struck the town—approximately 40 reported break-ins over the past few weeks, according to Southampton Town Police Sergeant Lisa Costa.

The break-ins, many of which have also included damage to the cars and the theft of items within, have spanned vehicles of old and new makes, locked and unlocked, according to police reports. Most of the reported cases have been in Hampton Bays, East Quogue and 
Shinnecock Hills, with a smattering in North Sea as well. Most have occurred in the overnight hours, while cars were parked in their owners’ driveways or in front of their homes. Many of 
the break-ins have been discovered in the morning when 
their owners were leaving for work.

Most have also included the theft of valuables, including checks, credit and debit cards, and identification cards, as well as electronics, such as cameras and laptops, and, in one case, even harmonicas. Items have also been reported stolen from center consoles and glove compartments. In cases where the cars have been locked, windows—often on the passenger’s side—have been smashed, according to police incident reports. In two cases, the roofs of cars were cut open to gain access.

Police urge residents to remove valuables from their cars when they are unattended. Pocketbooks and electronics, such as cellphones and laptops, make an easy target, police said. They also recommend residents lock their cars, roll up their windows and set a car alarm, if available—even if they plan on leaving their cars unattended for only a short time.

Anyone who sees any suspicious activity is asked to report it immediately to Southampton Town Police at 728-5000, the detective unit at 702-2230, the crime hotline at 728-3454, or crimetips@southamptontownny.gov.

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This is exactly why we need more police officers in this Town!
By ridiculous (214), hampton bays on Oct 24, 11 7:20 PM
Or perhaps a more effective deployment of existing resources.
By Frank Wheeler (1823), Northampton on Oct 24, 11 7:31 PM
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If the police were patroling neighboorhoods rather than just sitting on the side of the roads then there might be more of a deterent.
By V.Tomanoku (788), southampton on Oct 24, 11 7:45 PM
You're not going to arrest a lot of thieves on residential property if you are spending all your time clustered around bars looking for DWIs. If only there WERE a few bars salted in amongst the residences, there would be a reason for the STPD to patrol there. As it is, there isn't an annual award for the most arrests of burglars as there is for the most DWI busts.
By highhatsize (4178), East Quogue on Oct 24, 11 7:57 PM
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I agree. However when you have a "string" of break-ins, attentions and reinforcement need to be diverted to the current trends. Petty crimes always leads to greater criminal mischievousness. patroling neighborhoods is a great idea.
By motherof4boys (9), Hampton Bays on Oct 27, 11 2:19 PM
You are 100% correct. DWI's are the ONLY thing that interests the SHPD- hands down.
By elliot (254), sag harbor on Oct 24, 11 8:47 PM
Jeez, where are the grammar police when we need them? Off with the local ones?

Shouldn't it be "... were leaving for work."? Or am I mistaken?
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Oct 24, 11 10:54 PM
Glad to see it was corrected. Thanks.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on Oct 25, 11 11:12 AM
There was a series of such incidents in North Sea 4 years ago and again last year, they police knew who the perp was and after his arrest both times, the burglaries stopped. I wonder if this piece of detritus is ot again??!!
By bigfresh (4590), north sea on Oct 25, 11 7:14 AM
Only if he spent one year "on vacation" over the last string...
By Mr. Z (11670), North Sea on Oct 25, 11 4:16 PM
None of the cars had alarms????
Junkies, or leaf rakers the cops will get them, then the comments will be poor guys only trying to make ends meet.
The cops have to dance to the public music, today DWI, tomorrow loud music, then speeding on dune road.
Also, how far do you want the police to go on private property to check your car ???????
By Tommy Turbo (60), Deep River, CT on Oct 25, 11 5:48 PM
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I was broken into nothing was stolen though, I ran out the house at 3 am to respond to an ambulance call and found my tool box in the back of my truck open and stuff moved around. kinda nerve racking thinking i could have ran out to find who ever it was back there.
By Southampton251 (5), southampton on Oct 26, 11 1:43 AM
Simple things like motion lights work great, and oh yeah lock your cars. Alarms won't work if not armed. I don't mind cops cleaning up our streets of drunk drivers, our families and kids share the same roads as the drunks...
By 1640sWhaler (74), Sag Harbor/Easthampton on Oct 26, 11 8:45 PM
Perhaps we should start leaving our lights on outside to discourage. Evil is always always further perpetrated in the dark; in secrecy.
By motherof4boys (9), Hampton Bays on Oct 27, 11 2:21 PM
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the economy is bottoming out and people are heading for desperate measures..the cars parked at beaches in the summer have long been a target, but thirty to forty breakins in driveways, wow, those thieves are bold...get the automatic lights and get the dogs barking. listen thieves, come into the driveways and get canine teeth in your legs...!
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Oct 27, 11 4:31 PM
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