Two unlocked cars with the keys inside were stolen overnight Tuesday from driveways in New Canaan, according to the chief of police.
Chief Leon Krolikowski said a 2003 Mercedes was stolen from a driveway on Horton Lane and a 2017 Kia was stolen from Nubel Lane.
The 2017 Kia was recovered in New Haven, he added. The Mercedes has not been found.
In addition, on Wednesday, the department received reports of vehicles being entered on Crystal Street, Lincoln Drive and Nubel Lane.
The vehicle thefts and the vehicle entries occurred during the early morning hours.
"It is probable that these crimes were committed by gang members from the New Haven area. Many towns in Fairfield County are experiencing similar crimes," the chief said.
These crimes would have been prevented by following the tips below:
- Keys: 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.
- 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.
- Lock-UP: 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.
- Secure Valuables: Never leave valuables in your vehicle. Often, identity theft occurs when drivers’ licenses and credit cards are stolen.
- Use Your Alarm System: 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.
The chief added that it's best for residents to be better informed, connected, and send anonymous tips to the department by downloading the “MYPD” application in the iPhone or Android marketplace. After downloading the application search for “New Canaan” and get connected. Never hesitate to contact NCPD at 203-594-3500 for assistance.
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