Chief: Thieves Stole Cash, Credit Cards from Unlocked New Canaan Cars Over Weekend


Criminal targeting of New Canaan property continued over the weekend, officials said, with multiple illegal entries into motor vehicles.

Thieves stole a wallet, cash and credit cars from “several unlocked vehicles” on East Avenue, East Hills Drive and upper Elm Street, according to New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski.

The incidents follow a rash of pre-dawn thefts the prior weekend from cars on Ledge Avenue, Vitti Street and Brook Street, the chief has said. They also come about one month after criminals broke into a Birchwood Avenue home—an incident caught on camera—and an unlocked Old Norwalk Road home.

Krolikowski re-issued his “Beat the Thieves” tips, as follows:

  • Be a Good Neighbor: Report suspicious persons or vehicles immediately to our Department via 203-594-3500 or via 911 if you see a crime in progress. Crime prevention is the best cure.
  • Do not leave valuables or financial information in your car: Never leave valuables, a purse, wallet or financial information in your car-even just for a few minutes. Thieves often watch vehicles and strike when you leave your vehicle only for a few minutes.
  • Keys: Never leave the keys to your home or car inside a vehicle or in a place where a thief can find them. Keys placed in “secret” hiding places may invite a crime. Thieves know where to look for hidden keys.
  • Light up your home: At night, keep the perimeter of your home well lit. Low energy lighting switched on and off by photoelectric sensors (low light switches) is a cost-effective way to discourage thieves. Often thefts from vehicles occur in residential driveways.
  • Lock up:Always lock all doors and windows of your vehicle whenever you leave it, even for a short time.
  • Park in well-lit, public areas: Avoid parking your vehicle in isolated areas where there is not much traffic. Thefts in New Canaan often occur in parking lots or areas of our parks that are isolated.
  • Use your alarm system: Always activate your alarm system, even when you are at home, and whenever you leave your house or vehicle—even for a short time. Many successful thefts that occur in our Town involve houses or vehicles that have alarm systems that were not activated.

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