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Orange Police: Several Thefts Reported — Lock Your Cars, Keep Valuables Out Of Sight

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Jul 202015
 

BEST POLICE Patch EVERThe Orange Police received numerous calls on Saturday morning, July 18, of reports of cars being entered during the overnight hours.  Ten vehicles, nine of which were left unlocked, parked in private residential driveways.  One vehicle, whose keys were left inside, was stolen and dropped across town in another neighborhood.

The affected areas were Manley Heights, Wellington Drive, Woodland Lane, Barton Drive and Christian Circle.

The Department is asking residents to take several crime prevention steps to help stem these thefts from vehicles.

1) Lock your cars.  Forcing entry into a car is the exception not the norm.  Often residents do not want their cars damaged so they leave them unlocked.  Open cars present a crime of opportunity, more often than not criminals will bypass locked vehicles

2) Leave no valuables in vehicles over night.  Criminals will peer into cars and if they see something worth taking, they will.  If it looks very valuable they may take the extra risk and force entry.  This is easily avoidable by stowing GPS units and other valuables in locked glove boxes or center consoles or by taking them inside.

3) Light the night.  Leave outside lights on.  For the pennies it costs to leave  outside lights on you gain a tremendous amount of crime prevention.  During the night, someone on foot can hear or see a patrol car approaching and easily slip into the shadows.  By leaving lights on or installing motion lights , it takes these opportunities away.

4) Never leave keys in the vehicle.  Unfortunately,  we live in a time when it’s just not sensible to leave keys in your car.  Please, Lock your cars and bring the keys inside.

Criminals work on the pretence of  Opportunity, Ability and Target… We can control two of these by hardening the target and reducing opportunity.  As always if you hear or see something,  day or night, report it by calling 203-891-2130.

Police: Keep Your Cars Locked and Report Any Suspicious Activity

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Mar 242014
 

There was police activity in the  area of North Greenbrier Drive on Monday.

There was police activity in the area of North Greenbrier Drive on Monday.

This morning around 3 a.m., police responded to the North Greenbrier Drive area on a suspicious activity complaint.

According to police, a resident was awakened when his motion detector lights were activated. When he looked outside he noticed a male figure standing in his driveway. He yelled out and the man walked away.

Officers were in the neighborhood within minutes and called Shelton for a K9 response. The dog tracked a short distance up the road then the trail went cold leading officers to believe there was a car involved.

There is no description of the man or a possible vehicle.

Neighborhood patrols are being beefed up as there have been some thefts from unlocked cars also reported recently.

Asst. Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo said residents are urged to lock their doors and to remove all valuables from unattended vehicles.

Thieves look for cell phones, GPS units, laptops and loose change and think nothing of entering your car to get what they want.

Cuozzo said always report suspicious activity of any kind in your neighborhood.

“If you see anything that seems out of place, such as a car driving slowly down your road, an unfamiliar person walking in your neighborhood or anyone peering into cars, call the Orange Police Department at 203-891-2130 to report it, and we’ll send someone to check it out,” he said.