New Canaan Animal Control Officer Receives Bear Spray Training, Certification

Saying the town has seen a rise in the number of black bear sightings in recent years, New Canaan’s Animal Control officer has been trained and certified to carry bear spray this spring, officials say. The New Canaan Police Department receives reports of “a number of bear sightings” each year, Chief Leon Krolikowski said. “Most often, New Canaan bears avoid interacting with our residents,” he told “However, given that [Animal Control] Officer [Allyson] Halm is often called to handle a variety of wild and domestic animals, some who are quite unhappy, we issued her bear spray, provided training and certified her. This spray is not just for bears as it can be used to harmlessly re-direct a variety of animals.


Police: SUV Unlocked with Keys Inside Stolen from New Canaan, Additional Vehicles Entered

An SUV, unlocked and with its keys inside, was reported stolen  Sunday morning from an Orchard Drive home, according to police. The 2019 Toyota Highlander, which also had a purse, Social Security card, driver’s license and credit cards inside, was reported stolen at 8:11 a.m. and was recovered about two hours later in Bridgeport, New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said in a press release. “A bag of clothing that was inside of the vehicle of the Toyota Highlander at the time it was stolen was discovered near the mail box of a South Avenue homeowner reporting their vehicles were entered,” he said. “A piece of mail belonging to a Silvermine Road resident was also inside the bag.”

At about 9:05 a.m. Sunday, a Horton Lane resident reported two vehicles being entered overnight, the chief said in the press release. One vehicle appeared to have been rummaged through, though nothing was taken.

Police Chief ‘Thrilled’ That Security Cameras Now Are Being Installed at Waveny’s Entrances

The chief of the New Canaan Police Department said he’s “thrilled” that security cameras are being installed at Waveny’s two main entrances. 

Asked about the pole-mounted security cameras—there’s one already in place at the park’s Lapham Road entrance—Police Chief Leon Krolikowski noted that New Canaan has seen motor vehicle break-ins in recent weeks at both Waveny and Irwin Parks. “We have seen video cameras work well specifically at the YMCA, preventing people from breaking into vehicles,” Krolikowski told “And if they do commit a crime, it will help us catch and and arrest them and prevent future crimes from occurring. These groups will enter a vehicle if they believe that there are valuables inside. Very typically they strike public parks and public common areas in Fairfield County, recently in Monroe and in our town and other parts of Fairfield County.