Town of Chenango, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A rise in vehicle larcenies has taken over the Chenango Bridge area.
The Broome County Sheriff's Office says its investigated more than 50 cases in this specific area.
It's all part of a larger break-in problem happening throughout the entire county.
Deputies are working diligently to catch the person or people responsible, but say it takes work on your end as well.
The sheriff's office is reminding people to keep their vehicles locked. If you keep your vehicle inside a garage, make sure that's locked too.
It's also recommended to install motion lights on your home. According to the sheriff's office, even that small flash of light could catch your attention or scare off an opportunist.
"I would encourage people to go out, introduce yourself to your neighbors, get to know each other, look out for each other. Pay attention if your dogs barks. Check out the window, stay in the house and call the police," said Broome County Detective Sgt. Matthew Cower.
Listening to your pets can also help to detect unwanted visitors.
If a dog barks in the middle of the night and that's an unusual behavior, make sure you listen to that. Look out your window and check for anything unusual.
If you do see something that's out of the ordinary call the sheriff's office at (607) 778-1911.