Police are investigating a series of car break-ins in Berlin and they are asking for residents to lock their cars to stop the thieves.
“Generally, Berlin is a safe community, but they can’t be that trusting,” Lt. Chris Ciuci, of the Berlin Police Department, said.
Locking cars and removing the keys from them is the easiest way residents can prevent car break-ins and thefts, police said.
“These are crimes of opportunity and we’re asking members of our community to help us in making themselves harder targets,” Lt. Chris Ciuci, of the Berlin Police Department, said.
Police are investigating four car break-ins on Wednesday night or Thursday morning in the East Berlin section of town, near Sprucebrook Road and Beckley Road, and two car thefts.
One vehicle stolen was a 2011 White Infiniti G25 with Connecticut license plate 861XMC. The other is a 2016 White Subaru Outback with Landry Communications written on it. It has the license plate AB72605.
All of the cars were unlocked or the keys were inside, police said.
“The criminals are targeting unlocked cars for the valuables inside that they can pawn or sell on the street,” Ciuci said. “That’s what they’re looking for, but in the process if they find the keys to the vehicles in the car, they’re taking the car.”
While some residents admitted to leaving their cars unlocked, some said they would never think of it.
“I think it’s kind of silly of the people to leave their cars unlocked like that. You should lock your car take your keys and all your valuables. Leave nothing exposed,” George Ludko, of Berlin, said.
Police are looking into whether the Wednesday night break-ins are connected.