The wants to raise awareness in the community in response to a rash of car break-ins that have recently occurred throughout town.
"Like It, Lock It, Keep It," is the tagline for the new campaign urging residents to lock their cars, even when the vehicles are parked in the driveway.
Police say that there have been numerous car break-ins in West Hartford during the past month, not confined to any one neighborhood. Loose change and small electronics, including GPS units, cell phones, and iPods have been the most common items stolen, they say.
According to a news release issued by West Hartford Police, "Most car burglaries have occurred with the suspect simply opening an unlocked car door. The car burglaries have mostly occurred overnight. It only takes a few seconds to open a car door and steal personal property."
They are urging residents to lock car doors, and refrain from leaving valuable items in the car whenever possible. Residents are also encouraged to call the police if they notice any suspicious activity.
"Remember – if you LIKE your property and you want to KEEP it, then LOCK your car," police say.