Wilton car thefts on the rise, police urge vigilance

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WILTON — Vehicle thefts in Wilton have doubled in the first quarter of 2024 compared to the previous year, with a total of eight cars reported stolen from local driveways and business lots, the Wilton Police Department said Thursday.

Authorities noted that in each case, the stolen vehicles had been left with keys inside unsecured cars.

This trend mirrors a state-wide issue of thieves targeting unattended and idling cars, particularly at locations like gas stations.

The police also addressed a recent social media claim regarding an attempted theft at a local gas station.

After reviewing surveillance footage and conducting a thorough investigation, officials confirmed that no theft attempt had taken place.

Wilton Police are reminding residents to lock their vehicles and take the keys with them, even for brief stops.

They stressed the importance of not leaving cars idling or unattended, as it presents an opportunity for thieves.

The department emphasized the significance of reporting any suspected crime promptly.

Timely notification allows for a rapid police response and the collection of evidence that could lead to the apprehension of perpetrators and the recovery of stolen property.

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