NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- Two cars were stolen in New Canaan early Monday morning after they were left unlocked with the keys inside, according to police.
The New Canaan Police Department received two complaints of stolen cars on Monday morning. One vehicle, a Range Rover, was stolen from Kimberly Place, while the other, an Acura MDX, was stolen from Woodridge Drive, police said. Both were left unlocked with the keys inside, and were likely taken during the early morning hours of Sept. 11, according to police.
Police said that so far this year, all of the cars stolen in town were left unlocked with the keys inside. In addition to the thefts, many valuable items were stolen from unlocked cars. Often these thefts resulted in identity thefts, police said.
Criminal gang members from Bridgeport, Hartford and Waterbury are the suspects in these crimes, and many have been arrested. However, New Canaan Police are still warning residents to follow some tips to prevent thefts and protect their belongings:
- Keys: Never leave the keys to your home or car inside a vehicle, or in a place where a thief can find them
- Light up your home: At night, keep the perimeter of your home and driveway well lit. Low energy lighting switch on and off by photoelectric sensors (low light switches) is a cost-effective way to discourage criminals
- Lock up: Always lock all 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 and alarm both the car and garage
- Secure valuables: Never leave valuables in your vehicle. Identity theft often occurs when drivers' licenses and credit cards are stolen
- Use your alarm system: Always activate your home and car alarm systems. The majority of successful crimes that occur in town involve houses or cars that have alarm systems that were not activated
Stay better informed, connected, and send anonymous tips to the New Canaan Police Department by downloading the "MYPD" app. After downloading the app, search for "New Canaan" and get connected. You can also follow @newcanaanpolice on Twitter for crime alerts, and never hesitate to contact the New Canaan Police Department at (203) 594-3500 for assistance.
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