South Hadley PD: We’ve seen ‘significant increase’ in car break-ins

Many break-ins and thefts have involved unlocked cars

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – South Hadley police are warning residents about the rise in car break-ins over the last few weeks.

Chief Steve Parentela told me the cars that have been targeted the most recently are within the Falls area of town. Police are still looking for the suspects involved in these break-ins.

Chief Parentela says his department arrested several thieves a few weeks ago, who were also breaking into cars in another area of town.

Most of the cars thieves are breaking into are left unlocked. They’ve successfully stolen a laptop, money, purses, and other expensive belongings. Residents need to be vigilant about protecting their property.

Joan Forgie of Ludlow told 22News, “Well they’re hidden. They’re either someplace I don’t want to tell you, or in the glove compartment, and we lock the door.”

Police are reminding drivers to lock your cars, and don’t leave anything valuable inside. If something must be left in the car, put it in the trunk.

If you see anything suspicious or have any information about the break-ins, you’re asked to call the police department at 413-538-8231.