- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Police in Hartford have issued a warning to residents of Connecticut after noticing a new trend in car thefts involving newer model cars with key fobs left inside the vehicles.

Authorities say Hartford officers recovered 99 stolen cars in the city in the last four weeks alone. Seventy-five of those vehicles came from out of town.

If 2016 continues on its current pace, Deputy Chief Brian Foley predicts that more than 425 stolen cars will be recovered in Hartford this year. The department recovered a total of 313 stolen vehicles in 2015.

Foley says thieves have become aware that newer model cars will remain unlocked if the fob is left inside.

Police are urging residents to remember to bring their fobs with them and lock their car doors.

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