You may have seen the electronic sign on Essex Street: Cops are dealing with a wave of car break-ins on the Lower East Side. Over the wekend, we heard from the 7th Precinct and the Lower East Side Partnership, which are trying to get the word out to the local community.
Police are advising people to avoid leaving valuables in their cars, and if it’s unavoidable, make sure they’re not in plain view. Some of the incidents have been on Essex Street. Others occurred on Delancey, Orchard, Ludlow, Allen and Norfolk streets.
DNA Info first reported on the break-ins June 22. The first incident happened in early June in front of 264 East Broadway. A rear window was smashed and a Dell laptop stolen. Another smash-and-grab took place a few days later at 166 Essex St. A man who left his car at 102 Norfolk St. for just a few minutes returned on June 21 to find a broken window and more than $4,000 in personal belongings stolen.