Police Triple ‘Location Checks’ in New Canaan

New Canaan police officers through the first quarter of 2022 more than tripled their targeted checks of locations such as public parks and downtown areas as part of a wider effort to fight rising crime. The number of “location checks” increased from 167 the first three months of 2021 to 544 this year, Police Chief Leon Krolikowski told members of the Police Commission during their April 20 regular meeting. “The bulk of that increase is related to checking our parks and other locations,” Krolikowski said during the Commission’s meeting, held at New Canaan Police Department headquarters and via videoconference. 

“Intensive patrols to try and prevent people who are coming into town and committing crimes from doing that,” he said. “So that’s good work by our officers, certainly.”

Krolikowski said earlier this year that police have been “very concerned about” rises in crimes such as stolen vehicles and thefts from cars—including smash-and-grabs at public parks, where criminals wait for visitors to park their cars and leave for a walk—as well as residential burglaries and organized thefts from retail establishments. He noted at the Commission’s meeting that burglaries through the first three months of 2022 were up to four compared to zero for the year-ago period. 

“Our investigators are working on those cases and it’s a Fairfield County group that is committing the majority of those and we are hopeful at some point that we will be able to make some arrests and catch those people,” Krolikowski said.

Police Receive Reports of Attempted Home Burglary, Stolen Mail

Police say they received reports last week of an attempted home burglary on Turtleback Road and stolen mail on Old Norwalk Road. At about 3:40 p.m. on April 20, officers responded to a Turtleback Road home for an attempted burglary, according to a press release issued by Police Chief Leon Krolikowski. On returning from vacation, a resident noticed a second-floor window that had been opened, and a second window that had been broken, Krolikowski said in the press release. “In addition, a wooden bench outside the home had been moved and placed upright on its side next to the lower part of the roof which provides access to both windows,” the chief said. “It appears the suspects never made it into the home.

New Canaan Police Chief: ‘Distracted Driving Is Dangerous’

Distracted driving is a significant threat to traffic safety. Distracting driving is dangerous, claiming 3,142 lives nationally in 2019. We as a community need to work together on making our roads safer. The best way to end distracted driving is to educate motorists about the danger it poses and to strictly enforce Connecticut’s distracted driving laws. Thanks to a state grant, our Department will conduct increased distracted driving enforcement from April 1, 2022 thru April 20, 2022.

Podcast: Police Chief Leon Krolikowski on Distracted Driving Enforcement 

This week on 0684-Radi0, our free podcast (subscribe here in the iTunes Store), we talk to Leon Krolikowski, chief of the New Canaan Police Department. From April 1 to 20, police officers on patrol in both marked and unmarked vehicles will conduct a campaign designed to take enforcement action against distracted driving. Made possible through a state DOT grant, the campaign has a goal ensuring compliance with traffic laws and providing for safer passage on the roads for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. 

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