A man was spotted on camera breaking into a vehicle on Elliot Place in North Merrick.
A New York City Police officer from Merrick spotted the suspect while going through footage from his his home security system. He asked to remain anonymous.
In the video, a white male is seen checking the doors of the black vehicle before he was able to gain entry. According to the officer, the suspect is described as approximately 6 feet tall in his early-to-mid 20s.
The police officer offered the following tips for local residents to prevent future incidents.
- Obviously do not leave your car unlocked.
- Do not leave your GPS attached to the window, and if you use a suction to the windshield then wipe off the circle that it leaves behind when you take it off. In my experience, perps use that to tell whether or not you have one and most of the time people put it in their glove compartments.
- Perps like to lurk in the dark so by leaving a front light on it might deter them from showing themselves.
- Do not approach someone you suspect of breaking in your car because you never know what they carry on them. If you catch someone try and get a good description of them and call 911. The best description the police can use is race and clothing description.
- Even if nothing was taken and you suspect someone might have broken into your, car call the police. You never know if they are looking for someone and it can help solve a pattern of crimes in the area.
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