ITHACA, N.Y. –– The City of Ithaca Police Department is warning residents to remain vigilant after an increase of theft from parked vehicles.

According to Chief of Police Dennis Nayor, a total of 40 instances of theft from motor vehicles  occurred between September and December (with most occurring just in the last two months) –– a rate he said is abnormally high. He said the thefts occurred predominantly downtown, the commercial area and in the West End.

Some of the thefts have involved locked vehicles, with the suspect breaking the windows to gain access, prompting IPD to warn residents not only to lock their vehicles but to also avoid leaving any valuables on the seats or visible.

“Oftentimes thefts occur as a crime of opportunity, so to minimize the risk of becoming a crime victim, please remember to never leave valuable items in plain sight in your vehicle; locking items of value in the trunk or glove compartment where they’re not visible is a better option,” he said.

Nayor continued asking that Ithacans, “please remember to lock your vehicle whenever you park it, and call the police if you observe activity that appears suspicious such as a person (or persons) peering into parked vehicles, attempting to open the doors to parked vehicles, or attempting to physically break into a vehicle.”

Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact IPD through the following methods: 

Police Dispatch: (607) 272-3245

Police Administration: (607) 272-9973

Police Tipline: (607) 330-0000

Email: policeinfo@cityofithaca.org

Anonymous Tip Submission: www.cityofithaca.org/ipdtips

Anna Lamb

Anna Lamb is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at alamb@ithacavoice.com