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Wednesday, November 22 News

Letters to the Editor: Lock your cars, please

To the Editor:

On the morning of September 11, our Department received complaints of two stolen vehicles.

One vehicle, a Range Rover, was stolen from Kimberly Place, and the other vehicle, an Acura MDX, was stolen from Woodridge Drive.

Both vehicles were unlocked and the keys were left inside each vehicle. The vehicles were likely stolen during the early morning hours of September 11.

Thus far this year, all of the vehicles stolen in our Town involved unlocked vehicles with the keys were left inside. In addition to these vehicle thefts, many thefts of valuables from unlocked vehicles occurred. Often, these thefts result in identity thefts.

Criminal gang members from Bridgeport, Hartford and Waterbury are suspects and/or have been arrested for these crimes.

These crimes may have been prevented by following the tips below:

1. KEYS: NEVER leave the keys to your home or car inside a vehicle or in a place where a thief can find them.

2. LIGHT UP YOUR HOME: At night, keep the perimeter of your home & driveway well lit. Low energy lighting switched on and off by photoelectric sensors (low light switches) is a cost-effective way to discourage criminals.

3. LOCK-UP: ALWAYS lock all doors and windows of your car and home whenever you leave, day or night, even for a short time. If you have a garage, put your car in it and lock/alarm both the car and the garage.

4. SECURE VALUABLES: NEVER leave valuables in your vehicle. Often, identity theft occurs when drivers’ licenses and credit cards are stolen.

5. USE YOUR ALARM SYSTEM: ALWAYS activate your home and car alarm systems. The majority of successful crimes that occur in our Town involve houses or cars that have alarm systems that were not activated.

Be better informed, connected, and send anonymous tips to our Department by downloading the “MYPD” application in the iPhone or Android marketplace. After downloading the application search for “New Canaan” and get connected.

Follow us on Twitter@newcanaanpolice for crime alerts.

Never hesitate to contact NCPD at 203-594-3500 for assistance.

Chief of Police Leon Krolikowski

New Canaan Police Department

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