Police in New Canaan have a clear message for local residents: don’t leave your keys in an unlocked car.
A car was stolen out of a Woodridge Drive driveway overnight on Thursday, police said, noting that the owner left the keys in the vehicle.
“Car stolen overnight from Woodridge Drive...keys left in vehicle #tooeasy #lockyourcars #newcanaan #newcanaanpolice #dontbeavictim," they posted on Instagram.
The incident is the latest of several stolen car incidents in Fairfield County. In April, several men were caught on camera stealing an Audi from a driveway in New Canaan. That theft came a day after a pair of Range Rovers were stolen from another local home. Two cars were also stolen in Newtown in June.
In response to the rash of stolen vehicles and entered vehicles, the New Canaan Police Department issued a series of common sense tips for residents to help keep their cars parked where they leave them:
- When unattended never leave the keys to your home or car inside a vehicle or in a place where a thief can find them. Do not leave the valet key, key fob or garage door opener inside of your vehicle.
- 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.
- Always lock all doors, garage 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. All of the thefts from vehicles and vehicle thefts that occur in our Town involve unlocked vehicles.
- Never leave valuables in your vehicle. Often, identity theft occurs when drivers’ licenses and credit cards are stolen.
- Always activate your home and car alarm systems. Many successful crimes that occur in our Town involve houses or cars that have alarm systems that were not activated.
- Consider a video security system for your home. Many good systems are inexpensive and easy to install. If you have a system, make sure the video quality is good and the cameras cover your driveway and vehicles.
"Be better informed, connected, and send anonymous tips to our Department by downloading the 'MYPD' application in the iPhone or Android marketplace," Krolikowski noted. After downloading the application search for 'New Canaan' and get connected."
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