Vehicles are vulnerable even in “safe” neighborhoods

21 cars were broken into in Longmeadow

LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Computer tablets, gift cards, snacks, and phone chargers. You name it, car thieves have taken it.

Longmeadow Police Captain John Stankiewics told 22News the recent thefts his department has seen could have been avoided. Most of the victims left their vehicles unlocked; a green light for thieves who can have whatever they want by simply opening the car door.

Bill Tourigny of Chicopee said he’s never run into any issues with his belongings. “I certainly make sure when I go anywhere that my house is locked, car is locked. You just don’t know what you’ll return home to if you don’t lock doors and put in alarm systems.”

Captain Stankiewics reminds residents, regardless of how safe your neighborhood is, you should get in the habit of locking your car door immediately after you exit it.

In the past few weeks, thieves stole from 21 vehicles in Longmeadow, and in Springfield, ten cars were broken into just this week.

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