SOUTHINGTON — Police say they have seen a more than 200 percent increase in car burglaries compared to last year.
“Compared to 2019, Southington has seen a rise in both vehicle burglaries, increasing from 85 to 276 and vehicle thefts, which increased from 30 to 61 respectively,” Lt. Keith Egan said in a statement.
There were eight car burglaries reported throughout town between Monday and Tuesday, he said.
To help combat the increase, police are reminding residents to keep their vehicle doors locked and windows up. Belongings should be stored out of sight.
Police also released a video, recorded via Ring security camera, of a vehicle believed to be a stolen black 2020 Ford Mustang convertible, with Florida registration BPMU11, suspected of being used in break ins and thefts Southington. The vehicle, stolen from Bloomfield, is known to have been been in Newington and Rocky Hill, according to police.
Anyone who observes the vehicle is asked to call 911 immediately and provide as much description as possible, including address seen, physical description of the occupants and direction of travel.