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Rockland police warn of vehicle break-ins

Mar 23, 2020

Rockland — Rockland Police have taken an increasing number of complaints about items stolen from unlocked motor vehicles.

"We would like to take a moment to remind the public to lock their vehicles when leaving them unattended and to never leave your vehicles unlocked with keys inside," the department stated in a Facebook post.

Detective Alex Gaylor said the break-ins have been concentrated in the Talbot Avenue area of the city but there have been others throughout the city since the end of last year.

"Rockland is a safe place to live, which can cause complacency and people can take advantage of this complacency. All of these crimes involve unlocked vehicles. These crimes are typically crimes of opportunity, where the offender tries multiple vehicles to find an unlocked one. Very rarely are locked vehicles broken into in Rockland. By taking the following simple steps we can help prevent these crimes:" the department stated.

1.) Never leave your vehicle unattended with the keys inside. 100 percent of vehicle thefts in Rockland in recent years involve the use of a key, not “hotwired”.

2.) Never leave your vehicle unattended and unlocked. Most all thefts from motor vehicles in Rockland involve unlocked vehicles.

3.) If you see something, say something. We are here 24/7, please report persons trying car handles, suspicious persons, etc. When you see it occurring, so officers can respond to the area as soon as possible.

4.) If you’re a victim, report it. Reporting motor vehicle burglaries, even if nothing of value was taken, can help us collect data on when and where crimes are occurring in Rockland and make needed adjustments to what we are doing to better serve you and possibly stop crimes before they happen.

5.) If you know something, say something. Please contact Detective Alex Gaylor with any information/tips on crimes that have occurred in Rockland, including but not limited to thefts and burglaries. Crime fighting is a community effort and we need your help. Tips or information can be left by phone 207-594-0316 extension 253 and/or by email

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Comments (5)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Mar 24, 2020 14:00

There was a time when we could leave our houses and cars unlocked and not worry. Times did change and perhaps was about the time women had to work full time to make ends meet. SAD!


Posted by: Nina Reed | Mar 24, 2020 07:51

i believe it is on talbot ave. near

the ferry terminal end. someone had posted a warning a few days ago. patricia williams


Posted by: Nina Reed | Mar 24, 2020 07:51

i believe it is on talbot ave. near

the ferry terminal end. someone had posted a warning a few days ago. patricia williams


Posted by: Stephen Betts | Mar 24, 2020 07:14

I agree, I've left a message with the PD. I will add that information as soon as I get it.


Posted by: James Clinton Leach | Mar 23, 2020 23:27

Steve it would be helpful to know what part of town these break ins are occurring ....Please stay on the case and report back ....

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