(WSYR-TV) — Syracuse Police and the mayor’s office met with neighbors about cars being stolen and broken into on Wednesday.
The Strathmore neighborhood has had several break-ins and car thefts in the last few weeks.
According to police and the mayor, the ones doing these thefts are teenagers.
Not only is it happening in the Strathmore neighborhood, but it is also happening in the suburbs and the city.
Last year there were two break-ins with people in their homes and this year there have been 20 so far.
“It is indeed very disturbing, and you deserve to have peace around your home,” said Chol Majok with the Syracuse Common Council. “You’ve worked hard to be where you are, and to constantly be worried about who is going to push down your walls… it’s just unacceptable.”
Syracuse Police outlined a plan that includes increased patrols. They want neighbors to do their part by turning on lights, alarms and cameras and making sure to lock up.
Police also want the public to call 911 when they see groups of kids in neighborhoods during the overnight hours, which is anywhere from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m.
Police said that they have made some arrests and all were juveniles. A 15-year-old was arrested, issued a ticket and release to guardians.
There has been one case of forced entry, but the majority of these break-ins have been done through unlocked doors and windows, removing air conditioners and cutting screens.
Mayor Ben Walsh said that a curfew for kids has not been set.
In Manlius, the police department said every stolen vehicle reported in the last year has been due to the keys being left in an unlocked car.
No matter which neighborhood you are in, something as small as locking your doors could save your car.
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