Increase in car thefts and burglaries

ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – As the weather begins to warm up, local police departments in the Capital Region say they have seen an increase in auto thefts and burglaries. The Schenectady Police Department says the best way to prevent this from happening to you is to simply lock your car.

“As the weather warms, local police departments in the Capital Region say they are seeing an increase in car thefts and break and enters. The Schenectady Police Department says the best way to prevent this from happening to you is to lock your car.

“It’s not just us, it’s not unique to us. That’s what happens when the weather starts to get nice. So again it’s just common sense so be sure to double check, triple check, make sure your doors are locked because a lot of times if the doors are locked these people will drive by next, next block, or next neighborhood,” says Sgt. Mannix with the Schenectady Police Department.

According to the SPD, around 47 vehicles have been stolen this year alone. That’s a 53% increase over the city’s five-year average. In Albany, that number is much higher with 130 cars stolen in 2022. The majority, according to Albany police, were left unlocked or running and unattended. Others were parked and not running but had keys inside.

Police are advising people not to leave valuables in plain sight, such as sunglasses, loose change in your cup holders and, yes, even laptops. “The more you can ensure that if you have to leave something of value in your car, you can leave it out of sight,” says Sgt. Mannix, “don’t leave him in a seat. Try putting it under the seat. Put it in the glove box; put stuff in your trunk. Just out of sight.

Albany and Schenectady officials said there were no specific areas in their cities where vehicle thefts were more common.