Southington police investigating recent rash of car break-ins

Published on Monday, 19 September 2022 12:16


SOUTHINGTON – Local police are investigating a recent rash of car break-ins. 

Police on Monday said there have been nearly 20 such burglaries reported in town in just over a month. They are asking for the public’s assistance in cutting down on these types of crimes by taking some basic precautions against becoming a victim.

In each of the “smash and grab” vehicle burglaries recently reported, police said, all of them have involved valuables that were left in plain view of a locked vehicle. Police advise against leaving anything in sight in a vehicle that a criminal may be interested in stealing. 

And although the recent burglaries involved smashed windows, police said they still believe locking car doors prevents a majority of these types of crimes. Police also said citizens should avoid leaving any clues that something valuable may be in the vehicle, such as power cords. They also recommend parking in well-lit areas.

The most recent rash of car burglaries has spanned from early August through this past weekend. The overwhelming majority of the 18 break-ins were reported outside commercial establishments, while a few occurred at private residences.  

“We are asking anyone, if you observe a crime or suspicious activity, such as a vehicle theft or break-in in progress, call 911 immediately,” Southington police Lt. Keith Egan said. 

“Provide the 911 dispatcher with as much information as possible,” the lieutenant continued. 

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Monday, 19 September 2022 12:16. Updated: Monday, 19 September 2022 12:18.