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Dear West Hartford Residents,
As one of the endorsed Republican candidates for the West Hartford Town Council, I thought is was important to provide insight on a subject that has become a major issue with our town.
On Friday at 1:30 p.m. there was a carjacking at the Bishop’s Corner post office. This is the third carjacking in West Hartford in 2021. All three carjackings took place in broad daylight and one car had a child inside when stolen.
Unfortunately, carjackings in West Hartford is not a new thing. Last year on Aug. 13, 2020 a carjacking took place at the same Bishop’s Corner post office also in broad daylight and another carjacking took place in Bishop’s Corner on Jan. 9, 2020.
Below is the response from our elected officials from an article in the Hartford Courant on July 21, 2021.
“I’m hearing from some constituents,” said Sen. Derek Slap, a Democrat from West Hartford. “We can say, ‘look, the statistics are much better than they were 10 years ago’ but nobody wants to hear it and I get that.”
Rep. Tammy Exum, a Democrat from West Hartford, said she met with police Chief Vernon Riddick recently to discuss public safety in town.
Exum said she has compassion for the victims of crime. “We’re seeing an uptick in serious crime,” she said. “I care a lot about the prevention side, looking at what it is we need to do to fill the gap, so young people have opportunities … so they are not having this time to spend on these kinds of things.”
Below are some headlines of carjackings that took place after July 21st.
Wethersfield police are investigating a carjacking that happened on Jordan Lane Monday night. August 23rd
BRIDGEPORT — Police said they are seeking five individuals they say tried to steal someone’s car in the city Tuesday night. August 3rd
GLASTONBURY — Two males pulled a driver from his luxury car at the Mobil station at 2997 Main St. shortly before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and stole the vehicle, police said. August 10th
ROCKY HILL, Conn. (WTNH) — Rocky Hill Police are investigating a “carjacking” type robbery at Mozzicato Bakery Saturday. August 28th
CLINTON, Connecticut — Clinton police are investigating an early-morning carjacking that took place last week at Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets. August 19th
We have a major problem with crime in West Hartford and it’s not just carjackings, these crimes are becoming more violent. In my opinion, as a member of the new West Hartford Civilian Police Review Board and current candidate for West Hartford Town Council, we need to change the policy and culture created by our elected officials that are directly responsible for this increase in crime in our town.
This starts with better community policing programs, supporting our police with the appropriate resources they need to prevent crimes, enacting ordinances and guidelines that can address these crimes in a more tactical fashion and several other items that are part of our platform, which we will be announcing very soon.
I call on Mayor Shari Cantor, Sen. Derek Slap, Rep. Tammy Exum, Rep Kate Farrar, and Rep Jillian Gilchrest to take action now and to work closely with our Republican elected officials and candidates to develop bipartisan solutions to these problems!
Republican candidate for Town Council