BERLIN - As car break-ins continue to plague the town, police are putting more patrols on the streets, officials said Tuesday.
Car break-ins have increased from 41 in 2014 to 90 in 2016, Deputy Chief John Klett said. From Jan. 1 to April 17 of this year, police have investigated 51 car break-ins, he said, 53 percent of the town’s 96 total larcenies.
Although police have made at least seven arrests in the past few years, the break-ins are continuing with more than 30 happening since March 13. Only one of the people arrested was over 18, Klett said, the rest were juveniles. Police have also attempted to pull over five vehicles believed to have been involved in car break-ins in the past two years, he said. But each time, the drivers fled and police didn’t chase them to avoid creating a risk to the public, Klett said.
The break-ins have occurred in all parts of town. Police have identified the times and days when car break-ins are most prevalent and will have more marked and unmarked cruisers on the streets looking for signs of trouble, Klett said.
“We’re trying to see if we could make some apprehensions,” Klett said.
Police have been asking residents to lock their cars, even when they are parked in their own driveways, and make sure that valuables are not inside. People should also make sure that they don’t leave the keys or key fobs in the car, Klett said.
In nearly every car break-in in town, the vehicles have been left unlocked. In some cases, the thieves have found the keys or a key fob in the car and stolen it.
Police are also asking residents to report any suspicious activity on their street, Klett said.
Anyone who sees such activity should call the Berlin Police Department at 860-828-7080.