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Police to Take Valuables from Unlocked Cars to Stop Break-Ins

Police to Take Valuables from Unlocked Cars to Stop Break Ins

Police in the East Rock section of New Haven are trying to send a strong message to residents to lock their doors amid several car break-ins and they are doing it an a rather unconventional way. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015)

Police in the East Rock section of New Haven are trying to send a strong message to residents to lock their doors amid several car break-ins and they are doing it an a rather unconventional way.

Starting today, police who notice valuables left in plain view inside unlocked cars will take them to keep them safe from would-be burglars, according to the New Haven Register.

There have been eight car break-ins in one week alone and Lt. Herbert Sharp told the Register that this strategy will prevent burglars from getting expensive items from cars, while forcing residents to make a trip to the police station to pick up belongings.

After taking the valuables, police will either leave a note or call the resident.

New Haven Police Remove Valuables from Cars to Stop Break-Ins

[HAR] New Haven Police Remove Valuables from Cars to Stop Break-Ins
After a number of cars have been broken into recently, police will now be going into to cars and removing items that would attract thieves.
(Published Monday, Nov. 2, 2015)

The hope is that this will send the message to hide valuables and lock car doors.

Residents have a mixed reaction.

“I think that’s kind of a different way of looking at it. I don’t know how I’d feel about that,” Darin Curts, of New Haven, said.

“I think if it’s something really valuable, if they see something, like a wallet maybe or cell phone or camera, and it’s something that should be protected, it could be a good idea,” Allison Khoe, of New Haven, said. 

George Critides, of New Haven, said he does not know if that would solve the break-ins.

"I think there should be more foot patrols and more bicycle police in the neighborhood,” he said.

   

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