Submitted by Troopers DeAngelo and Muckle.
(Nov. 19, 2021) — In recent years, we have seen a trend across the State of Connecticut and across the country of an increase in vehicle break-ins and vehicle thefts. These types of crimes tend to be occurring in residential neighborhoods across the state during the overnight hours; and unfortunately the Town of Haddam has not been immune to these types of incidents. In the vast majority of cases, unlocked vehicles are entered during the overnight hours and thieves help themselves to personal belongings. Many times, when keys/fobs are left within unsecured vehicles, the thieves steal the vehicle itself.
This is not a new phenomenon, however it does seem to be getting more media attention as of late. This is a good thing, as these types of crimes are getting more attention within the State Legislature in Hartford. Changes to current juvenile laws (in particular) will be a cornerstone in allowing Law Enforcement to more effectively address this growing problem. In the meantime, Troop F personnel are making it a point to conduct frequent checks of residential neighborhoods; especially during the overnight hours.
We have found that much more often than not, unlocked vehicles are targeted. Thieves tend to focus on this “low hanging fruit,” as they are easy targets. The simplest, most effective, and most immediate solution to address these types of crimes in Haddam and also other communities is to lock you vehicle, secure valuables, and do not leave your keys in your vehicle. In addition, “if you see something, say something.” State Police Troop F is manned 24/7 and someone is always available to take your call day or night. Should residents witness suspicious persons, vehicles, or activity day or night; they are asked to please contact Troop F right away and a Trooper will respond to assist/investigate. The non-emergency phone number to Troop F is 860-399-2100 Option “#4”. For emergencies, always dial 9-1-1.
Please feel free to notify your Resident State Troopers of any suspicious activity in your neighborhood. However, if you witness suspicious activity, it is best not to wait and to notify Troop F immediately so a Trooper can respond in real time. In these types of cases, we have found that prevention is far more effective than prescription. Taking a few extra seconds to lock vehicles, secure valuables, and take your keys is often all it takes to not fall victim of these types of crimes that, unfortunately, have become all too common in our state.
Best Wishes for a safe and healthy holiday season!