The Town of Orange has been plagued all summer with unlocked cars being entered and loose change, small electronics and other valuables taken. In each case, the vehicles have been left unlocked. In several cases, the owners stated they did not want the car damaged, so they left it unlocked. Many other communities have been struggling with this criminal behavior as well.
We have also investigated several instances where residents have not only left cars unsecured, but left the keys inside their cars. This resulted in the cars being stolen. In many cases a stolen car from another community is recovered nearby, usually used to transport the perpetrators to Orange.
There has been no specific pattern of this behavior and all areas of Town have been targeted.
Last week we had several cars entered in the Greenbrier neighborhood and the perpetrators were a little more brazen and removed a window screen on a home and entered the kitchen and stole some small electronics. This is certainly the exception, not the norm.
We urge all residents to lock their cars, remove valuables left in plain sight and never leave the car running unattended or the keys in the car overnight. Additionally, homes should be locked, windows locked and outdoor lights left on for security. Residents can contact Officer Bobby Amarone at 203-891-2136 for tips and to schedule a security assessment of their home.
As an aside…we have made several arrests for these incidents. The investigations remain active and we are working with other communities who have been targeted.
Please spread the word!!