Reports across Monroe County show petty theft and grand larcenies are happening in areas like Ogden, Greece, Webster and more.
“I think we’ve had 9 car larcenies in the last two weeks,” Ogden police chief Chris Mears said.
He said while crime is not at an all time high, it’s not slowing down.
“We’ve had two stolen vehicles that have since been recovered and we’re starting to see activity at night again,” he said.
In many of the cases reported, homeowners surveillance footage caught the thieves at work.
News 8 asked the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office if that footage helps them.
“it’s never bad to have it, I’ll say that,” Lt. Joshua Deruyter said. “Floodlights in conjunction with the cameras are hugely helpful because you can get a good description no matter what time of day it is,” he explained.
In addition to surveillance video, there’s also social media. Many people post crime alerts online.
Sheriff’s deputies said those crime alerts work.
“The neighborhood groups on Next Door and Facebook are very helpful to us,” Lt. Deruyter said.
Still, he said often times people will not file reports, fearing that because nothing was stolen, it won’t be taken seriously.
“it is a priority for us to know these things are happening.”