Police in Fairfield County have alerted the public after several vehicles in the area were entered and items were stolen.
The New Canaan Police Department reported that at about 4:40 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17, officers responded to a report from a resident on Ramhorne Road that a locked vehicle was forcibly entered.
Police said the vehicle was parked in the driveway, and a rock was used to break its window. Authorities said $25 in cash was stolen.
Then at about 9:40 a.m. and 11:40 a.m., the department received reports from residents on West Hills Road that unlocked vehicles parked in their driveways were entered. Nothing was stolen.
At about 9:50 a.m. on Sunday, officers also investigated a report that an unlocked vehicle parked in a driveway on West Cross Road was entered, police said.
A purse that contained cash, credit cards and a driver's license was stolen.
Some of the stolen credit cards were later used in Bridgeport and Shelton, police said.
Police recommended that residents use the following safety tips to prevent break-ins:
- When unattended never leave the key to your home or key/key fob to your 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 installing a good-quality security/video camera that covers the interior/exterior of your residence and the street near it. The price point of camera systems has dropped recently making this a wise investment.
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