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Brookfield Police Stress Locking Your Cars To Deter Would-Be Thieves

Screenshot of surveillance footage released by the Brookfield Police Department, showing thieves attempting to get into two vehicles left locked in a driveway.
Screenshot of surveillance footage released by the Brookfield Police Department, showing thieves attempting to get into two vehicles left locked in a driveway. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Brookfield Police Department

BROOKFIELD, Conn. -- Brookfield Police are highlighting the need for residents to lock their cars and protect their belongings, releasing a video where some thieves were thwarted by locked doors.

The video, posted to the department's Facebook page , depicts an incident that took place around 2:15 a.m. on Feb. 9. In it, two suspects enter a driveway and try to enter the two vehicles parked there. The would-be thieves are unable to get into the vehicles and steal anything because the doors are locked.

However, the video also shows an accomplice who is able to access a car that was left unlocked and parked across the street.

"It certainly highlights some key points that we have been trying to relay to the community over the past few months," Brookfield Police wrote in the Facebook post.

In a recent interview with Daily Voice, newly appointed Police Chief James Purcell warned of a recent rash of car thefts and burglaries.

"The people who stole these cars are from the Meriden and Waterbury area," Purcell said. "They go into unlocked cars where the owners left the keys inside, and either take the car or steal items from the car."

"We lost four cars one night, and multiple cars were broken into. Seven cars were stolen over the past three months. This is a huge number for Brookfield," he said. He advised residents to leave their cars locked, remove keys and to not leave valuables in plain view.

Brookfield Police reiterated this advice, pointing out that this has been a problem all throughout Fairfield County. In one recent incident in Trumbull, thieves were able to gain access to a home using a garage door opener that had been left in an unlocked car.

"Report all suspicious activity to the Brookfield Police Department. Dial 9-1-1 or the routine line 203-775-2575," police said. "Police officers investigate these incidents all of the time and all too often we encounter victims that heard or saw something odd, however they did not call the police. Help us help you. If you have any information on any of the recent incidents in town, please call Detective Michael Zezza at 203-740-4123."

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