CHESHIRE, Conn. (WTNH) -- Cheshire police are warning folks about the importance of locking their car doors because there's a burglar on the prowl.
"It's a crime of opportunity," Lt. Jim Fasano, Cheshire Police, said. "They're only going to go in to cars that are unlocked."
Such has been the case in every case, as Cheshire and surrounding towns respond to a recent wave of car break-ins. The point is, they're hardly break-ins. The thieves are going for the lowest-hanging fruit.
"In all of the cases where we've seen cars either stolen or gone through, they've been unlocked," Lt. Fasano said. "The keys have been left in the cars that were stolen."
That makes it all too easy for the thieves who help themselves to those who don't help themselves.
"These individuals go from house to house, car to car, looking to find which one is unlocked, and when they do they're taking personal property: credit cards, wallets," Lt. Fasano said.
Not only that, police say there's a pattern of the thieves stealing a car in one neighborhood and then dropping it off in another neighborhood, only to start again.
"What we're seeing is, cars are getting stolen from Cheshire and dropped off in other towns," Lt. Fasano said, "and we're also recovering vehicles that have been stolen in other towns in our town."
A new tool Cheshire and many departments are starting to use is a license plate scanning device that runs the tag of every vehicle that passes by, notifying of problems, including if the car's been stolen.
"This certainly helps us to get information a lot quicker," he said. "Rather than typing in every single plate of every car that drives by you, this will scan hundreds of plates per hour."
But until police crack the case, they say the moral is simply this: lock your car and take your keys and valuables with you.
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