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Start 9 p.m. Routine: Unlocked Vehicles Stolen, Broken Into In Westport Prompt New Warning

Westport Police are warning residents to lock their cars and remove valuables.
Westport Police are warning residents to lock their cars and remove valuables. Photo Credit: Westport Police Department

Westport police are once again warning residents to lock their vehicles and remove valuables after two vehicles were stolen and two more broken into early Tuesday.

The two stolen vehicles were taken from the Hillspoint Road area and two other motor vehicles were broken into, according to Westport Police Lt. Jillian Cabana.

Credit cards stolen from one vehicle were later used in Stratford. All vehicles were believed to have been unlocked and keys were left inside the stolen motor vehicles, she said.

Another vehicle was stolen over the weekend, which was also unsecured with the keys left inside. These incidents are being investigated by members of the detective bureau.

"Despite multiple warnings over the last few years, residents continue to leave valuables and keys in their unlocked vehicles," she said. "As long as Westport residents continue to not heed these warnings, groups, and individuals will continue to target our area for theft."

The department is asking everyone to remove valuables from their vehicles, take their keys with them and lock their car doors every time, whether holiday shopping downtown, parked at the gym, at the dog park or in their own driveways.

Residents are also urged to participate in the “9 PM Routine.” The 9 PM Routine is a national public service campaign and a simple and effective way to prevent theft. It includes removing valuables from vehicles, locking car doors and bringing your keys inside. Take a few extra moments during your nightly routine to make sure the doors to your home are locked, your garage doors are secure and exterior lights are turned on.

For more information on the 9 PM Routine, follow the department on social media at https://www.instagram.com/westportctpd/ or https://www.facebook.com/westportctpolice/ .

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