BERLIN — The town council passed a resolution this week urging Gov. Ned Lamont to address the ongoing spikes in car theft and break-ins.
“This resolution is asking for a conversation,” said Mayor Mark Kaczynski during a council meeting on Tuesday. “The Berlin Town Council supports and strongly encourages a meeting with the Governor to partner and identify solutions in the best interest of all stakeholders.”
The number of stolen cars in Berlin jumped from 16 in 2019 to 64 during 2020, according to Police Chief John Klett. The number of auto break-ins has also spiked. As of Nov. 30, police recorded 255 reported cases. Last year during the same time period they recorded 52.
Klett told the council most of the crime is being carried out by groups of juveniles. The resolution called for “meaningful and impactful” juvenile justice reform that would toughen the consequences for juvenile crime but balance the “need to protect youth with the need to protect residents.”
“The Berlin Town Council is unwilling to wait until someone gets hurt, or a significant incident occurs, to seek accountability for the problems within the juvenile justice system and other criminal justice reforms that are creating havoc in town,” the resolution states.