As the coronavirus lockdown enters June, many people who once commuted
can hardly remember what it’s like to drive to work. Cars have been sitting largely
untouched as cities like New York have suspended alternate-side parking.
But the unattended vehicles have become a target of crooks looking to nab
as many valuables from unlocked cars as they can. Nassau County Police
Commissioner Patrick Ryder says car theft has risen 20% this year.
He said that 90% of cars broken into aren’t locked.
Anchor: If you think having your car parked in the driveway during the pandemic
means it's safe, think again.
Reporter: It's a swarm of wannabe thieves running
through a neighborhood during a heavy downpour looking for any unlocked doors
in all those cars parked in the driveway. This guy hits paydirt and swipes what's
inside. All these vehicles are sitting idle during the pandemic and they've become
easy targets. Thefts are way up. Watch this guy wearing a face mask. He enters
an unlocked car and rifles through the console looking for valuables. These guys
aren't actually criminal masterminds. They're looking for the easiest targets.
They just check car doors. If they're locked, they move on.
Nurse: I was extremely devastated.
Reporter: Nurse Jamee Byrd Beasley
had $2,000 in critical medical supplies swiped out of her car. It was all caught
on a grainy tape. You can see a man go into her trunk and leave with a bag.
Nurse: I really, really needed that equipment to care for the people in my
community. Nassau County, New York Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder
says 90% of cars broken into aren't locked.
Police: Real simple tip: Don't leave things that the bad guys can see from
the window as they walk by. The second tip is lock your car.
If you lock the car, that's half the battle.
1. What are the crooks doing during the pandemic?
2. Specify how they were able to steal?
How many percent cars broken into aren’t locked this year.
3. What did the police officer advice people?