Numerous vehicle thefts in the Onondaga County area are prompting state police to warn central New York residents to keep their cars locked.
Troopers are investigating three incidents of stolen vehicles that occurred during the overnight hours of Jan. 7 and 8: a 2011 Chevrolet Equinox from an address on Bear Road in the Town of Clay, and a 2016 Kia Optima and 2019 Ford F-150 pickup taken from residences located on Drumlin Heights Drive in the Town of Lysander.
For each incident there was one thing in common: all the vehicles were left unlocked, troopers said.
State police are reminding area residents to lock their vehicles when they exit them and to not leave valuables in plain sight. Thieves are historically looking for an easy target as seen in numerous home surveillance videos. If the car door is locked, they will often move on until they find one that is not.
Drivers should take their valuables inside, never leave the keys inside and always lock their vehicles, troopers said.
Rome police said that no similar thefts of vehicles have been reported in the city.