Middletown police offer tips to prevent car-related thefts

Police in the City of Middletown in Orange County say they're seeing an alarming increase in car-related thefts.

Lee Danuff and Veronica Jean Seltzer

Jun 9, 2023, 9:53 PM

Updated 381 days ago

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Police in the City of Middletown in Orange County say they're seeing an alarming increase in car-related thefts.
It includes stolen cars, catalytic converters and items inside.
Recent surveillance footage shows the converters can be cut off and taken in less than three minutes - costing drivers more than $1,000. 
Police are working to find and arrest those responsible, but officers also say there's a lot people can do to prevent the crimes.
  • Keep your vehicle locked 
  • Hide valuables, electronics, purses and wallets from plain view
  • Park in busy, well-lit areas
  • Never leave your car running and unattended
  • Be alert for individuals looking into car windows or trying door handles
  • Be alert for vehicles traveling through neighborhoods late at night without their headlights on, as they may be looking for their next target


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