Car burglaries on the rise, police say
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.