Cheektowaga Police warn residents to lock their cars


CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) – After a series of vehicle break-ins, Cheektowaga Police are warning residents to keep their cars locked when they are parked outside. At least 14 vehicles were entered and ransacked last weekend, according to the police department’s website.

The streets targeted this past weekend include Edmund Street, Laura Court, Standard Parkway, and Henry Street. The thieves stole cash, credit cards, and other items. One resident on Edmund Street reported that $2,100 was stolen.

Assistant Chief James Speyer points out that in all 14 cases, the vehicles were not locked. Police call this a ‘crime of opportunity’ and urge residents not to make themselves easy victims.

Police also warn that different neighborhoods could be targeted next. While police patrols have been stepped up, residents are being urged to stay alert, report suspicious people, keep vehicles locked, and keep valuables out of the car and out of sight. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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