Recent rash of vehicle break-ins in Newington

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NEWINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Newington police are warning residents about a recent rash of car break-ins.

According to authorities, most of the break-ins have occurred in the evening and night hours. They say areas recently affected include Vincent Drive, multiple streets off New Britain Avenue, and condo complexes in the area of Willard Avenue and Richard Street.

Police say don’t hesitate to call them at (860) 666-8445 ext. 5 if you see suspicious activity. They say not to worry about it possibly being nothing or wasting an officer’s time.

To prevent being a victim of a car break-in, police say:

  • Don’t leave valuables in your vehicle.
  • Place items out of sight before reaching your destination. Someone may be watching when you put your valuables under a seat or in the trunk, and the moment you’re gone, a thief could break in to your car.
  • Avoid leaving packages or shopping bags out in the open.
  • Lock all of your vehicle’s doors, even if you plan on only being gone for just a second.
  • Park in busy, well-lit areas.
  • Don’t leave any sign that there might be valuables out of sight in your vehicle. For example, the suction cup on your dashboard might tell thieves that you have a GPS.
  • Use alarms and anti-theft devices.
  • Don’t leave spare keys in your vehicle.

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