Following a summer plagued with unlocked cars being entered and loose change, small electronics and other valuables taken, and even in some instances cars stolen, the Orange Police Department is urging residents to lock up.
According to police, in each case over the past several months, the vehicles have been left unlocked. In several cases, the owners stated they did not want the car damaged, so they left it unlocked. Other communities have been struggling with this criminal behavior as well.
According to a press release from Orange Police, “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.
Though the thefts tend to be from unlocked cars, police did note that after several cars were entered in the Greenbrier neighborhood, the thieves were a little more brazen and removed a window screen on a home and entered the kitchen and stole some small electronics.
On September 22, police were notified of suspicious activity at a Currier Drive home. A neighbor reported that a shiny silver sedan with tinted windows had just left the neighbor’s house and she thought the occupants had committed a burglary. The neighbor saw the car driving in the area and she left in her own vehicle. According to police, she then observed the suspect vehicle backed into the victims’ driveway. As she passed, two hooded suspects exited the residence carrying unknown items and entered the suspect vehicle. It then drove off at high speed. The neighbor attempted to follow it and last observed it turn west toward Milford on the Boston Post Road. The neighbor returned to the neighborhood and called police. The homeowner returned home after being notified of the burglary and found two computers, a coin collection, and bottles of wine had been taken.
Police urge residents to call police as soon as they see suspicious activity and avoid getting directly involved. Residents are asked to make every effort to get vehicle license plates and descriptions of both the vehicle and its occupants. Most residential burglaries occur during the day. Residents should consider strong locks with deadbolts. Neighbors should keep an eye on each other and report suspicious activity to police immediately.
According to Police Officer Robert Amarone, as cliché as it sounds, ‘if you see something, say something’. The thieves are typically entering unlocked cars at night. He suggests residents 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 Ofc. Bobby Amarone at 203-891-2138 for tips and to schedule a security assessment of their home.
By Melissa Nicefaro – Orange Town News Correspondent