Police warn drivers to lock up to prevent break-ins

Increase in car break-ins; Police warn to lock your car doors.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP)– Several Western Massachusetts Police Departments are sending a warning to residents. 22news is working for you with why police there say a recent series of car break-ins could have been prevented.

Over the Labor Day weekend, several people in the area of Burnett Road in Chicopee became the victim of a car break-in.

Chicopee Police Sergeant Jeffery Godere told 22News all summer long these break-ins have been going on sporadically throughout the city.

Chicopee isn’t alone, however, Longmeadow Police reported at least 21 car break-ins in August and Springfield Police has at least 10, at least 3 of which happened last week.

Police from all three departments reported that in most of the cases, the owners left the car unlocked.  Those numbers line up with reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s that shows about 50 percent of car thefts are attributed to the owner’s error in responsibility.

Police say the thieves are looking for electronics, money, or even loose change you left in your car so you should never leave those things in your car when you’re not in it, especially not in plain sight.

Police also said that cars parked in well lit areas seem to be a deterrent. Also, it’s critical to lock your car every time you park it, even in your own driveway or garage.

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