At least a dozen Staten Island Shomrim members set out on a mission last night between the hours of 11 PM and 2 AM, trying car door handles and checking whether they are secured. This comes after multiple cars were burglarized over the past few weeks and expensive items, including one set of Tefilin, which was found tossed in the trash up the block!
“It’s unbelievable to see that in the span of a few blocks, we found over a dozen vehicles unlocked, and a few vehicles even had the key fobs in plain view!” Says Ari Fisch, a Shomrim volunteer who was out last night.
Shomrim adds that aside from leaving expensive items in unsecured vehicles, those who leave their vehicles unlocked they are literally calling out for unwanted guests to our neighborhoods. As the well-known gemara says, “the problem isn’t the mouse, the problem is the hole enabling the mouse in.”
“Over 75 cars were found unlocked and were secured by our volunteers, kudos to those 500+ vehicle owners who did their due diligence to keep our neighborhood free of car burglars. And just so you know, these burglars don’t break car windows, they simlply try the handles.
Following is a round up of the streets our volunteers covered: Uxbridge St, Boone St, Harold St, Dewhurst St, Drysdale St, Dorothy St, Ismay St, Walcott Ave, Rupert Ave, Oakville St, Niles Pl, Soren St, Fields Ave, Roanoke St, Cherry Pl, Monroe Pl, Gansvoort Blvd , Hall Ave, Ardmore Ave, Martin Ave, Westwood Ave, Forest Hill Rd, &
This operation will go on for the rest of the week so that we can spread the word and remind car owners to remember to lock their cars.
Tips to prevent car break-ins:
•Keep your property well lit
• Install security cameras facing your home and sidewalk in front
• Never leave valubles in your car, especially in plain sight like we’ve seen last night in lots of cars where expensive GPS, phones, tablets, and even cash were visible through the windows!” Shomrim Coordinator Motty Brauner says.