SOUTHINGTON - Local police are warning residents about an increase in car burglaries over the past several weeks.
While police said they are “diligently working” to address this recent issue, they are also asking that potential victims do a number of things to prevent someone from burglarizing their vehicle. For example, police said, a majority of these cases involve vehicles that were left unlocked.
“Even if you're running into the store for a brief moment that's too long to leave your vehicle's contents open for the taking,” Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz said. “Simply locking the doors will deter those who might just be waiting around for an easy target.”
Police also recommend keeping vehicle interiors “tidy”, as anything can lead a suspect to believe something valuable may be concealed, even something as simple as an empty shopping bag. Those who own SUVs or wagons with a visible trunk should consider getting something to cover that area, police advise.
Any item of value should either be hidden in the vehicle or taken out when it’s not being used, police said.
“The evidence alone might be enough to pique the interest of thieves, so hide that too, including power plugs, electronic adapters, or nav-system windshield suction-cup mount and even put the cigarette lighter back in place,” Dobratz said.
Residents should also close all of their windows and sunroofs when parking.
“No, it's not just because thieves might reach in through the gap and open your locks with a coat hanger,” said Dobratz. “Open windows will disable the pressure sensor in some car alarms, leaving the vehicle more vulnerable to break-in and potentially giving thieves more time before the alarm sounds.”
Police also encourage residents to park in well lit areas to deter potential thieves. Anyone who believes they see any suspicious activity related to vehicle burglaries has been asked to call police at 860-621-0101.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.