DANBURY, Conn. A series of car break-ins in several residential areas around Danbury in recent weeks has led the police department to issue a warning to residents to be careful about what they leave in their vehicles.
A total of 20 car break-ins have been reported in residential neighborhoods throughout Danbury since Oct. 1, a noticeable increase from previous months, Danbury Police Officer Jay Mortara said.
These break-ins are occurring late at night or early in the morning, said Mortara. In a statement, the department referred to the break-ins as a rash of larcenies. Its been happening all over the city.
No specific neighborhoods appear to have been targeted, Mortara said. Most of the break-ins have been to unlocked vehicles. GPS systems, cellphones and purses are among the items stolen, he said.
Break-ins have occurred on Clapboard Ridge Road, Town Hill Road, South Street and Federal Road, Mortara said.
Its a crime of opportunity, he said, adding that four of the thefts involved suspects smashing door windows. The thieves are saying to themselves, What can I grab quickly and get out of here?
With so many of the reported break-ins involving unlocked cars, the police department is warning residents to be sure to lock their cars, even if they are parked in their driveways. The thieves appear to be going to a street and trying door handles of several cars during a period of time, Mortara said.
Additionally, residents should remove all valuables from their cars or hide the items in the car or lock them in the trunk, he said.
The department is also warning residents to avoid parking on the street wherever possible and to park in well-lit areas.
If residents see any suspicious activity, they are asked to report it to the department immediately by calling 911 or 203-797-4611. Make a note of the suspicious persons clothing and description and any vehicle they may have traveled in.
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