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Derby police again urge residents to lock vehicles

April 5, 2018 GMT

DERBY — The police department said it feels like a broken record warning residents to lock their vehicles, but they’re doing it again.

“Please don’t leave valuables in plain view,” police urged. “Please don’t leave your keys in the car. Your chances of becoming a victim increase exponentially when you don’t follow these simple rules.”

Several departments in the area are investigating several incidents where criminals — often from other towns and cities — are breaking into cars and homes because they are left unlocked, Derby police said.

“If we lock our doors, we lessen the opportunity that criminals have of making us victims,” police said.

Video surveillance cameras from a residence on Hawthorne Avenue captured three people in a driveway, checking out the vehicles parked there, police said. The surveillance footage was taken around 4:20 p.m. on Wednesday.

“You can see three people enter the driveway and approach the three parked vehicles. Two of the vehicles are locked but the third is left unlocked,” police said. “Can you guess which car was entered and rummaged through?”

“Please lock your doors,” police added.

Anyone who sees something suspicious is asked to call police.