One Suffolk Avenue resident said his car, parked in his driveway, had its window smashed twice in two weeks. Photo: Denise Civiletti

Southampton Town Police are asking the public to report any intrusions into parked vehicles, even if nothing is taken and no damage is done.

As first reported Saturday, dozens of vehicles in the Flanders area have been broken into during the overnight hours, with thieves often using bricks and large stones to smash windows on locked cars.

There have been 42 reported break-ins to date, Southampton Police Lt. Susan Ralph said today. The rash of incidents started three months ago, she said.

“It is currently under investigation,” Ralph said. “We don’t have a viable description of the subject,” she said.

Residents are better off leaving their car doors unlocked. “If they find it unlocked they will open it. If the door is locked they will break the window,” Ralph said.

“All valuables need to be taken out, including loose change. Don’t leave loose change in cupholders. Don’t leave any wallets, purses or any valuables in the vehicle. Take out all bags,” Ralph said.

“We need to hear from people,” Ralph said.  Residents who find that their car has been entered should report it to police, even if nothing is taken and no damage is done,” she said.

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Denise Civiletti
Denise is a veteran local reporter, editor, attorney and former Riverhead Town councilwoman. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including investigative reporting and writer of the year awards from the N.Y. Press Association. She is a founder, owner and co-publisher of this website.Email Denise.