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Posted on: July 13, 2020

[ARCHIVED] 2020-07-13: "Set Your Motion Alarms" for Driveway Thefts

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Trumbull Police are asking residents to use their home security cameras to help combat the dramatic increase in vehicle thefts and larcenies from cars that are occurring throughout the town. Residents are asked to use the features that are readily available on their residential camera systems to sound an audible alarm when there is late-night motion detected in their driveways.

Nineteen (19) vehicles have been stolen from driveways since the first of this year, and dozens of cars have had personal property stolen from inside many others. This crime has been facilitated by residents who continue to leave their parked vehicles unlocked, with the keys inside. “Residents who leave their keys in an unlocked car are inviting thieves to steal them.” These thefts are occurring mostly during late night hours, generally between midnight and 5:00 a.m.

During one recent night, three (3) vehicles were stolen from different areas of town, including a 2019 Lincoln Navigator, valued at $95,000. Once again, the keys were left inside the unlocked car for the thieves to easily drive away during the night.

In addition to car thefts, dozens of unlocked cars have been burglarized in recent months with a variety of personal property stolen. This property has included wallets and purses, handbags, cash, credit cards, personal documents and identification, computers, as well as keys to homes and businesses. Since the first of the year, officers have logged one hundred, sixty-three (163) incidents where unlocked vehicles were opened and property was stolen. “If residents would set their driveway motion alarms and notify police when they see anyone near their cars during the night, we would have a much better opportunity of catching these car thieves.”

A.L.E.R.T.S. – Advise Law Enforcement Regarding Thieves Swiftly to assist in catching criminals. Provide security system ALERTS to your local police. Always report any suspicious persons or activity to the police and dial 911 for all emergencies.

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