NEW CANAAN — Two cars left unlocked with the keys inside were stolen in town in the early morning hours Monday, according to police.

Chief of Police Leon Krolikowski sent a press release on Sept. 11 warning residents against leaving cars unlocked with the keys inside after a Range Rover was stolen from a residence on Kimberly Place and an Acura MDX was stolen from a residence on Woodbridge Drive.

“Thus far this year, all of the vehicles stolen our Town involved unlocked vehicles with the keys [were] left inside. In addition to these vehicle thefts, many thefts of valuables from unlocked vehicles occurred. Often, these thefts result in identity thefts,” Krolikowski wrote.

According to Krolikowski, “criminal gang members” from Bridgeport, Hartford and Waterbury are suspects and have been charged before in similar cases of car theft.

In order to prevent future incidents, Krolikowski recommended that residents lock their cars and never leave keys inside. Lighting up your home, securing valuables and using an alarm system are also ways in which residents can protect themselves from theft, Krolikowski said.

He also suggested residents download the “MYPD” app on their smartphones in order to send tips to the department and be better informed.

justin.papp@scni.com; @justinjpapp1