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Police say remove valuables from your car and lock all unoccupied vehicles.

Police say remove valuables from your car and lock all unoccupied vehicles.

Several residents have complained of their cars being entered during the overnight hours. The most recent rash of incidents occurred early this week on Petrose Circle, Karen Drive,  Knight Lane and Narrow Lane.

Asst. Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo said the vehicles were unsecured so technically, they were not “broken into” rather, someone entered the unlocked vehicles looking for loose change, or small electronic devices.

Cuozzo said, “In some cases they just searched the cars for something of value but nothing was taken. These incidents are not unique to Orange, police in Derby, West Haven and other surrounding communities are seeing an increase in this sort of activity. Orange’s new K9, “Major” responded to a call in Milford to help in a track there.”

What are the Orange Police doing to discourage the “break-ins”?

Cuozzo said the department has increased patrols and officers continue to check the side streets while they are on the road even though they are busy responding to traffic incidents and calls for service.

Currently they are responding to a lot of complaints regarding the use of fireworks in residential neighborhoods.

“Remember, fireworks are still illegal, there are many different types that meet the state regulations, but aerial types are not legal in Connecticut,” he said.

As far as the recent car incidents, Cuozzo once again said, “We encourage residents to lock their vehicles and remove any valuables from their cars at night. Always keep valuables, such as cell phones, laptops, cameras etc. out of plain sight to avoid thefts and break-ins. Broken windows and forced entry can lead to some very expensive repairs.”

Residents are asked to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police at 203-891-2130.

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