"We each thought the other one had locked the cars," the mayor explained.
Becker advises that all residents take care to lock both their vehicles and their homes.
"I grew up in Baldwinsville," Becker said, "and we always used to leave our doors unlocked, but you can't do that anymore. Although this rash of larcenies has been rectified, there will be others, there always are."
This week, residents are receiving booklets mailed by village government listing its services. Becker added an insert to remind people to lock their cars and doors and avoid leaving valuables in plain sight.
One of the benefits of having a village police department is that nuisance crimes such as these receive a high priority, Becker said. In larger municipalities, police agencies are spread thin covering wider geographical areas and more serious crimes involving major robberies, assaults and gun violence.
"Here we can provide directed policing," Becker said. "We want to address these problems now before they become bigger problems."
The mayor concurred.
"I'm just so impressed with this police department," she said. "These quick arrests show how proactive they are."