POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- A recent rash of thefts from parked motor vehicles, is keeping the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department busy investigating the crimes.
The thefts are occurring in residential areas, particularly during overnight hours. Most recently, the northeast part of the town has been affected, including the Dutchess Turnpike, Overocker Road, DeGarmo Road, Taft Avenue, Marple Road, and North Grand Avenue, said Lt. Gary Hulbert.
The common thread in all the crimes is that the vehicles were left unlocked and coins or other valuables were in plain sight, he said.
"Vehicle owners are strongly advised to follow basic safety rules to discourage thefts, such as not leaving valuables in your vehicle and always locking your vehicle," Hulbert said.
Residents should also keep a list of serial numbers or other identifying marks on their valuables. Should the police recover any stolen property, the property can more easily be matched to what is recovered, he said.
Anyone who sees any suspicious people or vehicles in their neighborhoods, should get a description and direction of travel, and immediately call the Town of Poughkeepsie Police at 845-485-3666. Tips may also be left by calling the police department or submitting information at www.townpolice.net .