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Stamford Police Warn Residents Of Rising Tide Of Thefts From Vehicles

Stamford Police Sgt. Diedrich Hohn is urging residents to take precautions after a rash of thefts from vehicles. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern
Stamford police are urging residents to take precautions after a rash of thefts from vehicles. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern

STAMFORD, Conn., -- As the number of thefts from vehicles continue to skyrocket in the city, police are urging residents to take basic steps to secure their vehicles.

Dozens of thefts from vehicles have been reported so far this month, continuing the trend that began in August when the city was hard hit with thefts from vehicles.

Police thought the arrest of a man believed to have been responsible for the thefts would stem the tide but they continue to occur.

"We're getting hammered here," Lt. Diedrich Hohn said. "We think we're getting a lot of copy cat crimes."

During the weekend, there were approximately 25 vehicle-related thefts in a 30-hour period from early Tuesday to about 7 a.m. Wednesday with Bedford and Dora streets seeing multiple thefts.

Also, police are asking residents to lock their vehicles at all times even if leaving it only for a short period. That also includes locking it while getting gas and not leaving the keys in an unlocked vehicle.

Police said to keep anything of value or that appears to be of value out of sight. That includes garage openers thieves can use to access a garage.

Police are urging the public to report if they see something suspicious and not to approach anyone who they do not know. For non-emergency calls, dial 203-977-4444. In the case of an emergency, dial 911.

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