Nassau police are asking residents to be vigilant – especially overnight – after 116 tire and rim thefts were reported in the last five months, mostly involving newer model Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Toyota vehicles.
The thefts occurred mainly between midnight and 4 a.m., police said.
Police are asking residents to report any suspicious people, including those who seem to be driving around their communities looking at the type of vehicles being targeted.
Police say some thieves loosen lug nuts from vehicles and return in the early morning hours later to steal the tires and rims. The vehicles are often left on jacks, cinderblocks or paving stones.
Authorities say the thefts might occur during heavy rain, when weather-related noise blocks out unusual noises.
Police advise residents to keep their driveways well-lit over night or install surveillance cameras in the front of their homes.
They say car owners should purchase wheel locks for their vehicles or keep their cars in the garage.
Anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of those responsible are asked to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS (8477).