Niagara County Sheriff Michael Filicetti released a public statement yesterday, informing citizens of an increase in car thefts throughout Western New York:
“Our law enforcement partners across WNY have taken several reports of stolen vehicles today. In each case, the operator of the vehicle started the ignition to “warm-up”, and left the vehicle unattended due to the cold weather. Please, never leave your car running or the keys in the ignition when you are away from it, even for “just a minute”.
“Be sure to keep valuables out of sight or in the trunk (purses, credit cards, and cell phones in plain view only help attract thieves), and always roll up the windows and lock your car, even if it is in your driveway, garage, or in front of the convenience store.
“Together, we can stop these opportunistic thieves. To report suspicious activity, contact NCSO at (716) 438-3393, or 911 in an emergency.”