Updated: Tuesday, 22 Dec 2009, 7:31 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 22 Dec 2009, 4:58 PM EST
New Haven (WTNH) - People living on Hall Street in New Haven are Counting on 8 to get a warning out to neighbors. Someone is breaking into cars in the middle of the day and stealing valuables inside.
Jason Caruso is an owner of one of the cars that have recently been targeted. His vehicle was in the driveway when thieves broke in.
"A lot of items from the glove box were thrown on the floor, the seat," said Caruso.
His girlfriend's car along with six of his Hall Street neighbors had their cars broken into all on the same night.
"You lose a sense of security when something like this happens," said Caruso.
But, it's not only solely happening in the nice Morris Cove
Overall, police say car break-ins are up over last year.
"Don't leave anything in your car in plain view or trust me you will become a statistic," said Officer Joe Avery of the New Haven Police Department.
News Channel 8 checked the stats in some districts. Car break-ins in the Morris Cove are down 11 percent, but in Westville they're reportedly up 56 percent and in Beaver Hills up a whopping 70 percent.
In many cases, like Caruso, cars that are left unlocked make them an easy rip off.
Caruso said he will not be making the same mistake again.
"Mine will now go in the garage, lights on the porch [will be] left on and [I'm] also adding two motion sensors," Caruso said.