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West Hartford Police Investigate Rash of Overnight Car Burglaries

Photo credit: Ronni Newton

In the past week, West Hartford Police report that 20 vehicles have been broken into and three have been stolen.

Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Photo credit: Ronni Newton

By Ronni Newton

West Hartford Police are investigating a rash of car burglaries and thefts, and are also warning residents to be vigilant to ensure that their property is as well-protected as possible.

According to West Hartford Police Det. Sgt. Tony Anderle, in the past week there have been approximately 20 break-ins and three incidents of cars being stolen during the overnight hours. The incidents have not been concentrated in any one neighborhood, but have occurred in all areas of town, he said in an email.

All vehicles were reportedly unlocked at the time of the crime, police said.

Police are investigating the incidents, but are also reminding residents of tips they can take to protect their property.

Police advise residents to lock their cars, never leave keys/fobs/valet keys inside the vehicle, remove valuable property from the car, and never leave a running car unattended.

Police also suggest parking inside the garage if at all possible.

Residents are also advised to check the exterior lights on their homes to ensure that they are working properly and illuminating areas that need to be lit.

Residents are also advised to call police as soon as possible if they see any suspicious people or vehicles on their street.

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