Protect yourself against car break-ins

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP)– Chicopee Police are warning residents to lock their car doors following a series of car break-ins.

Police said several cars have been broken into within the last week in the Aldenville section of the city, many of which had been left unlocked.

Chicopee police wrote on their official Facebook page that these so-called “grab-and-go” thieves are taking things like loose change and GPS devices. The department warns that if you see something or someone you feel is suspicious, call the police for them to come check it out.

These break-ins are not isolated just to Chicopee, however. At the start of August, local media told you about more than a dozen car break-ins that happened in Springfield.

Also in August, local media showed you a series of about 15 car break-ins that took place in Longmeadow. Most of those happened in the early morning hours while the car were parked in the owner’s driveway and were commonly unlocked, according to Longmeadow Police.

Police in all three communities warn you to always lock your car doors, even when it’s parked in your own driveway.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises you to park your car in a well lit area during the overnight hours, saying the light can act as a detterrant to the thieves.

The NHTSA also warns against leaving your keys in your car when you’re not in it. They report between 2012 and 2014 more than 126,000 cars were stolen with the keys still in the ignition.

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