PUBLIC SAFETY: It’s that time of the year when drivers leave their air conditioning running while running into a store or their house. But some are also leaving the keys behind after parking the cars in their driveways or garages – and car thieves are benefitting.
As usual, the majority of vehicle thefts in Bergen and Rockland counties lately were made possible by drivers who left their key fobs in their cars, River Vale Police Chief Michael McCann said.
Last month, a 2012 BMW was swiped from a Closter garage entered after whoever was responsible found the garage-door opener in a Mercedes parked in the driveway.
The owner told police the $90,000 BMW 740iL sedan was taken after the thief or thieves went through the glove box and center console of an unlocked black Mercedes Benz C30 outside the garage and found the opener.
Once in the garage, whoever was responsible first searched a BMW X5 before finding a key fob in the other Beamer, police said.
Two neighbors said attempts apparently had been made to take their cars — one a 2013 Mercedes and another a 2002 Lexus.
“Residents are encouraged to always remove the key fob from their vehicle – even when the car is parked inside the garage,” said McCann, the River Vale chief.
Also, he said, “be sure to remove valuables from the vehicle and remember to lock car doors and activate alarms.”
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