Police Chief: Two More Cars—Unlocked, Keys Inside—Stolen Overnight from Driveways in New Canaan

Two cars, unlocked with the keys inside, were stolen overnight from New Canaan driveways, the chief of police said Wednesday.

A 2017 Kia stolen from Nubel Lane has been recovered in New Haven, according to Chief Leon Krolikowski, while a 2013 Mercedes stolen from Horton Lane is still missing.

The New Canaan Police Department received additional reports that motor vehicles on Crystal Street, Lincoln Drive and Nubel Lane had been entered, Krolikowski said in a press bulletin.

“These vehicle thefts and the vehicle entries occurred during the early morning hours,” he said. “It is probable that these crimes were committed by gang members from the New Haven area. Many towns in Fairfield County are experiencing similar crimes.”

The chief issued the following safety tips for New Canaan residents:

1.     Keys: When unattended NEVER leave the keys to your home or 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.

2.     Light up your home: 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.

3.     Lock up: 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.

4.     Secure valuables: NEVER leave valuables in your vehicle. Often, identity theft occurs when drivers’ licenses and credit cards are stolen.

5.     Use your alarm system: 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.

Be better informed, connected, and send anonymous tips to our Department by downloading the “MYPD” application in the iPhone or Android marketplace.After downloading the application search for “New Canaan” and get connected. Follow NCPD on Twitter@newcanaanpolice for crime alerts. Never hesitate to contact NCPD at 203-594-3500 for assistance.

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