NEW CANAAN — Two cars from Gower Road have been recovered after being stolen when left unlocked with the keys inside.

On Aug. 12, the two cars were reported stolen from Gower Road. One car — used in a robbery in Bridgeport — was involved in a police chase before the five people in the car were arrested. The second car was recovered in Waterbury.

According to police, every car stolen in New Canaan this year was taken because it was left unlocked with the keys inside. Even more unlocked cars have had valuables taken from them, many of which have led to identity thefts.

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Tips from New Canaan police on how to prevent car theft:

1. KEYS:NEVER leave the keys to your home or car inside a vehicle or in a place where a thief can find them.

2. LIGHT UP YOUR HOME: At night, keep the perimeter of your home & driveway well lit. Low energy lighting switched on and off by photoelectric sensors (low light switches) is a cost-effective way to discourage criminals.

3. LOCK-UP:ALWAYS lock all doors and windows of your car and home whenever you leave, day or night, even for a short time. If you have a garage, put your car in it and lock/alarm both the car and the garage.

4. SECURE VALUABLES:NEVER leave valuables in your vehicle. Often, identity theft occurs when drivers’ licenses and credit cards are stolen.

5. USE YOUR ALARM SYSTEM:ALWAYS activate your home and car alarm systems. The majority of successful crimes that occur in our Town involve houses or cars that have alarm systems that were not activated.

6. Be better informed, connected, and send anonymous tips to our Department by downloading the “MYPD” application in the iPhone or Android marketplace. After downloading the application search for “New Canaan” and get connected.

Police said the cars have been robbed or stolen by gang members from Bridgeport, Hartford and Waterbury.