Southington police are asking residents to take precautions such as locking their vehicle and removing all things of value overnight following a significant increase in thefts over the past year.
The department late last week put a call to action out on Facebook, making the request of residents in an effort to help curb the thefts.
From the Southington Police Department's Facebook page:
"Southington Residents are asked to remember to lock their cars at night and when they are left outside unattended. Thefts from vehicles are a crime of opportunity. If a thief finds an unlocked vehicle they are more likely to go through it than a locked vehicle."
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"Also residents are reminded not to leave anything in plain site within your vehicle. If a would-be thief looks into your car and sees nothing, he or she will usually move on quickly to the next vehicle. This may seem like common sense, but go ahead and glance into some cars the next time you are walking through a parking lot. I think you will be surprised by the number and kind of valuables that you will see."
Residents are urged that if you see or hear or anything or anyone suspicious in your neighborhood call the Southington Police at (860) 621-0101.
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