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Stamford Police Warn Resident To Lock Their Cars After Rise In Thefts

Footage from surveillance video of thieves trying several car doors until they find one that is unlocked.
Footage from surveillance video of thieves trying several car doors until they find one that is unlocked. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Stamford Police Department

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Stamford Police are warning residents to lock their cars after 57 unlocked vehicles were entered last month.

Thieves have been targeting unlocked cars all around Fairfield County, including Darien, New Canaan, Monroe, Trumbull and Greenwich.

Related story: New Canaan Police warn of gang members targeting unlocked cars

Stamford, like all of the surrounding communities, is experiencing a sharp rise in motor vehicle thefts. Police said that last month the department received 58 reports of thefts from motor vehicles, and in all but one of those cases the owners admitted that they had left their car unlocked, police said.

In some of the cases reported in other communities, thieves will often hit entire neighborhoods at once. In other instances, they will steal cars that have been left unlocked with the keys inside, or may even enter homes that have been left unlocked.

Related story: Darien Police investigate 22 car break-ins

Always remember to lock your car when you park it.

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