According to police, the number of burglaries is down in Kings Park, but larcenies such as car break-ins are on the rise.
“Burglaries are down in Kings Park,” said Inspector James Rhodes of the Suffolk County Police Fourth Precinct, “but they are up in the precinct as a whole,” he said.
Rhodes compared numbers from the first six months of this year to the same time period for the past two years. In 2010, from January 1 through May 31, 11 burglaries were reported. That number dropped to eight for the same time period in 2011 and are at six for 2012 from January through May.
Out of those burglaries in 2010, nine of those were residential. In 2011, five out of 8 were residential and 2012 five of the six were residential.
“We are staying on top of things as far as Kings Park is concerned,” said Rhodes. “We locked up multiple people at the end of 2011, that is one of the reasons why it is down.”
Rhodes said that larceny is a crime of opportunity and the best thing residents can do is reduce the opportunity. To reduce the risk, Rhodes gave some simple, but perhaps not often used advice.
“Lock your doors,” he said. “If it is open they get your change, your GPS, so keep car doors locked.”
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