Fairfield PD: Vehicle break-ins, thefts rise during summer
FAIRFIELD — Town police are reminding residents not to let themselves be easy targets for thieves in honor of National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month.
“As the temperature rises, so does the number of vehicle break-ins and thefts across the country,” Fairfield Police Chief Christopher Lyddy said.
July is recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month each year since the summer is when most vehicle thefts and break-ins take place, police said.
Every year, more than 770,000 vehicles are stolen, according to the NHTSA. About 41 percent are never recovered.
The NHTSA warns that vehicle parts are also targets, and valuable items left in vehicles, including radios, wheel covers, engines, air bags, GPS units, cellphones, laptops and purses.
Residents are urged to remove all valuables from their vehicles, and to lock their vehicles.
Fairfield police also encouraged residents to get into the habiat of the “9 p.m. routine,” meaning checking outside to make sure all vehicles are locked and no valuables left in sight.
“We encourage residents to follow these tips in order to protect their vehicle and other valuable possessions this summer,” Lyddy said.
If a resident has their vehicle broken into or stolen, police urge those residents to call the police department to report the crime. From there, residents will have to contact their insurance company to file a claim within 24 hours of when the vehicle was found stolen or broken into.