NORTH HAVEN – Police are asking residents to be especially vigilant in locking their car doors and taking their keys after spending much of the month of July responding to dozens of calls for burglaries and stolen cars.
“Since July 1, 2017, North Haven Police Officers have responded to 45 reports of vehicle burglaries, and six stolen vehicle complaints,” police spokesman Lt. Kevin Glenn said in a statement Monday.
“Investigations revealed every vehicle that was stolen, or rummaged through, had unlocked doors,” Glenn said. “Further, all 19 stolen vehicle reports taken in 2017 indicated the keys were left in the vehicle by the owners.”
Recent calls for help have resulted in several police pursuits of stolen vehicles, Glenn said, most recently last Wednesday when an officer saw a car reported stolen near Dixwell Avenue.
“The operator of the stolen vehicle fled at a high rate of speed,” he said. “While negotiating a curve in Hamden, the operator lost control and crashed, but fled on foot prior to being taken into custody.”
Police are doing all they can to both prevent such incidents and investigating those that occur, Glenn said, but the department needs the help of residents to curve the problem.
“While officers are very busy searching for suspects throughout town, we need residents to take steps to protect their belongings,” he said. “We continue to ask residents to lock vehicle doors, remove the keys when the vehicles are parked, use lighting in the location vehicles are parked, and report suspicious activity to police.”