BREWSTER, N.Y. - The State Police in Troop K (Brewster) are asking for the public’s assistance to help curb a recent increase in car thefts and break-ins in the lower Hudson Valley.

Mahopac experienced a string of car break-ins and a car theft from the Lake Casse area back in early June. Several cars were also stolen from neighboring towns, including North Salem.

The State Police and other law enforcement agencies in the Hudson Valley have investigated over 400 stolen vehicle cases in Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, and Rockland Counties since March 1, State Police said in a prepared statement.

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Numerous arrests have been made by multiple agencies and many of the vehicles have been recovered, often suffering severe damage from the perpetrators, police said.

“We ask that you please secure your vehicle properly and remove all keys or key fobs from the vehicle,” the statement read. “Keys or key fobs left inside the vehicle is the most common factor shared amongst these cases.”

According to police, many of the vehicles stolen have been from affluent neighborhoods. 

Police caution car owners to not leave valuables in their vehicles, close the windows, and when possible, park in well-lit conspicuous areas.