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This past weekend, there were five more motor vehicle burglaries–and a stolen car–in Wilton, and Police are asking the public’s help to prevent any more. They’re reminding Wilton residents that the best way to protect any cars and personal property is to “Lock it or Lose It.”

According to Capt. Rob Cipolla of the Wilton Police Department, officers began seeing a rise in motor vehicle break-ins and thefts in 2016, and the trend continued through now. “In 2017 we saw a 96% increase in that type of criminal activity in the Town of Wilton, typically in residential neighborhoods.”

Cipolla adds that Wilton residents actually are making it easier for criminals.

“The majority of these cases, the vehicles are simply left unlocked in the driveway, and 100% of our stolen vehicle cases in 2017, the keys were left in the vehicle.”

That means Wilton residents can do more to stop the thefts and break-ins from happening.

“It’s a really simple message:  the slogan is ‘Lock it or Lose it!’ With the public’s help we can make a serious dent in the number of property crimes that are reported,” Cipolla says. “Simply locking your cars, removing your valuables and taking your keys from the vehicle.”

The Wilton Police Department is asking anyone who may have video of the suspects in the most recent cases that occurred overnight Nov. 24-25, or information on the crimes to contact Det. Eva Zimnoch at the Wilton Police Department 203.834.6260.

GOOD Morning Wilton had the opportunity to interview Capt. Cipolla for a Facebook Live video, below: