Car break-ins have police and neighbors on high alert

Hamden Police

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — June Levy has lived in the Spring Glen section of Hamden for more than 40 years. Several years ago she converted most of her backyard into a parking lot, knowing all too well what can happen when cars are left on the street.

“It works. I mean, who needs grass? Seriously. Better to have parking spaces than break-ins,” said Levy.

Multiple break-ins were reported last night in the area of Bedford and Wakefield Streets. Levy and other residents think they know why it’s happening.

“First off, all the street lights are less than adequate on this street. This street is totally dark. When I walk at night I need to use a flashlight,” said Levy.

Add in the fact that garages aren’t attached to the houses and there are lots of cars parked on the streets, it’s a combination Hamden Police say makes this area a prime target for thieves.

“Spring Glen’s driveways in the neighborhood are close together in a lot of areas so you can run through fifty or sixty cars very quickly, especially if many of them are unlocked,” said Hamden Police Chief Thomas Wydra.

On the Spring Glen neighborhood’s Facebook page one resident warned neighbors, “Just want to let you know at 3:00 a.m. this morning my car alarm went off and a car sped away from our house (on Bedford). My husband’s car was broken into but nothing major taken.”

Another neighbor responding, “This has become such a sickening epidemic in our neighborhood.”

Police are urging residents to take extra precautions to discourage the criminals,

“Lock your cars. We like motion lights on houses. We like people who are inclined to be engaged in criminal activities to be disrupted in their activities,” said Wydra.

At Levy’s house those deterrents are already in place and so far her cars have been untouched.

“If anyone were to come into the driveway that light goes on and the lights on the garage go on even if a raccoon or a beaver happens to walk across the driveway,” said Levy.

Police say they will be increasing their patrols in the Spring Glen section of town.

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