Car bur­glar­ies on the rise, po­lice say

Greenwich Time - - NEWS - By Robert Marchant

GREEN­WICH — When po­lice re­sponded to a re­port of a stolen car on Bed­ford Road on Wed­nes­day morn­ing — a gray 2018 Mercedes-Benz SUV, with the keys left in­side — it was added to an in­creas­ingly long list of thefts in­volv­ing ve­hi­cles.

Green­wich po­lice re­cently re­viewed sta­tis­tics on stolen cars, as well as thefts from ve­hi­cles, and de­ter­mined that 2018 is likely to be a record-set­ting year for prop­erty crimes that in­volve cars. Au­thor­i­ties are now re­new­ing calls for the pub­lic to im­prove ve­hi­cle safety.

There have been 88 re­ported in­stances of larce­nies from ve­hi­cles so far in 2018, ac­cord­ing to po­lice sta­tis­tics. Last year, there were 89 thefts from ve­hi­cles dur­ing the en­tire year, so 2018 is likely to set a record. Po­lice sta­tis­tics also showed 52 stolen cars this year in the com­mu­nity, most of which in­volved un­locked cars with keys left in­side the ve­hi­cles.

“It just con­tin­ues to be a prob­lem,” said po­lice spokesman Lt. John Slusarz. “And these are pre­ventable crimes.”

Po­lice are re­mind­ing car-own­ers:

*Lock your ve­hi­cle at all times.

*Al­ways take your keys with you.

*Do not leave valu­ables in plain sight.

*Re­port sus­pi­cious be­hav­ior to po­lice.

Loosely or­ga­nized groups of car thieves are com­ing to Green­wich, as well as other com­mu­ni­ties in the re­gion, dur­ing the overnight hours to steal cars or valu­ables in­side un­locked ve­hi­cles, po­lice said.

Green­wich po­lice say they will do more pub­lice­d­u­ca­tion and out­reach on the is­sue of larce­nies from ve­hi­cles in com­ing weeks — “when peo­ple are out buy­ing gifts,” Slusarz said.

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