West Hartford police are seeing an increase in house and car burglaries in town and they are urging people to keep their homes and vehicles locked.
In the last week alone, burglars have entered two unlocked West Hartford homes while residents were home and stolen possessions, police said.
Police responded to an Auburn Road home at 10:45 p.m. on Wednesday after someone stole jewelry from the master bedroom of a house.
One resident told police he had heard a noise from upstairs while he and his wife were watching television downstairs.
Police said the homeowner did not immediately check upstairs and contacted police about an hour later.
Over several months, police have seen an increase in home and vehicle crime in in the neighborhoods of Walbridge Road West to Ardmore Road and Fern Street North to Asylum Avenue.
Since July 4, West Hartford Police have made 13 arrests for residential and motor vehicle burglaries, six of which were in September alone.
In addition to locking homes and cars, police urge residents to take valuables out of vehicles and avoid leaving other valuables in plain sight while unattended. Also, keep an eye on your neighbors’ homes and vehicles when they are not around.
When you see someone or something out of the ordinary in your neighborhood, call 860-523-5203. If it’s an emergency, call 911.
If members of the community have questions or concerns about basic crime prevention, call the Community Relations division at 860-523-2013.
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Chief Tracey Gove would like the residents of West Hartford to know that the police department understands the seriousness of these types of cases and that all appropriate investigative and police services are being employed to deal with this issue.