Rocky Hill leaders circulate petition calling for special session on car vandalism and theft

“It used to be the type of crime that used to happen in the middle of the night, now it’s happening in the middle of the day,” one resident told FOX61.

Rocky Hill, Conn. –
City leaders have begun circulating a petition to state lawmakers in a special session to address the rise in car break-ins and car thefts.

Mayor Lisa Marotta said the city’s people were doing everything possible to protect themselves, but wanted state legislators to step in.

Many Rocky Hill residents have themselves been victims of theft and burglary.

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“My house has been invaded twice,” Gabe Cabrera told FOX61. “Both times we were home. We were home and it didn’t matter to them.”

He is among those who have already signed the petition.

“Right now, what we’re hearing the most is that taxpayers think the law isn’t listening to them,” Mayor Marotta said. “They think, well
You can probably go to special sessions for different things, why can’t you address that?”

In Rocky Hill, concerns mounted after a woman was pulled from her car in broad daylight on the side of a busy road last month. After this his car was stolen by the suspects.

Marotta is calling for changes to the law specifically to address repeat offenders.

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“There doesn’t seem to be any system that actually has the resources to lower those revaluation rates,” the mayor said.

Ken Barrone, project manager for the Institute of Regional and Municipal Policy at Central Connecticut State University, looks at crime statistics for the state.

He told FOX61 that the entire country saw an uptick in these crimes when the pandemic began, and those numbers have remained so this year.

“In departmental data we’ve seen that auto thefts have remained the same or decreased slightly and so I expect the 2021 numbers to be about the same as the 2020 numbers, maybe a little lower than 2020.”

Hartford City Councilor Josh Mitchtom said that when MPs look for solutions, it is important that they consider long-term solutions.

“If we want to solve this, what we do know is that turning off children makes it worse,” Mitchtom said. “Put money into community-based services, stuff for kids to do, kids with access to the Internet that may sound silly, but the more kids who have the Internet, the better they can do in school, the more activities they can do.” can.”

Many of those who have been directly affected by the crime want immediate action.

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“It used to be the type of crime that used to happen in the middle of the night, now it’s happening in the middle of the day,” Cabrera said. “Now it has increased from car theft in the middle of the day to kidnapping in the middle of the day, so what’s next? Murder in the middle of the day?”

MPs are expected to meet for a special session later this month to discuss increasing the governor’s emergency powers, with it unclear whether they will discuss other issues.

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