West Hartford Police said starting Monday extra patrols will be in place to keep an eye out for aggressive drivers in shopping areas as well as drunk drivers around town.
Officers will be in marked and unmarked cars, police said Monday, and will also look for distracted drivers, speeding and drivers not wearing seat belts. The extra police detail is expected to be in place through the holiday season, with a focus on nights and weekends, according to Lt. Michael Perruccio.
“We want to get the message out that there’s a lot more people driving, please be careful, please be courteous,” Perruccio said.
West Hartford Police also provided tips for residents to keep in mind for package deliveries — leave detailed instructions for parcel delivery services, have packages delivered to a side or back porch, be home when packages are expected, track package deliveries, have packages delivered to your work, or pick them up at your local Post Office or parcel delivery service. Police said having security features on your home — like a motion sensor, cameras and lighting — help, too.
Police ask that if residents see suspicious activity, such as a vehicle following delivery trucks or nonuniformed people handling packages in your neighborhood, to call police at 860-523-5203.
Police said there have been about 740 car break-ins this year, and many of those cars were unlocked. In 2016, police saw roughly 500 car break-ins.