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Unfortunately, it is necessary to remind our community that, even amid a national public health emergency, there are criminals out there looking to seize on opportunities to take what is yours. Many river valley towns, including Essex, Chester and Haddam, have been experiencing an increase of vehicles being rummaged through and/or stolen during the overnight hours. In most of the cases the doors to the vehicles were unlocked with valuables exposed and, in tone case, a purse was stolen out of an unlocked car and credit cards were used to charge large amounts of purchased goods. These types of crimes are commonly referred to as "crimes of opportunity," as the thief seizes upon the opportunity presented by an unlocked and easily accessible vehicle.
The good news is that you can easily limit these opportunities. It takes only a matter of seconds for thieves to steal your vehicle. Following the three simple steps, "Take your keys, Remove your valuables, Lock your vehicle," is generally all it takes to end a criminal's opportunity to steal or damage your property.
Connecticut is calling on insurance companies to issue a partial refund on auto-insurance premiums. Call your insurer today to find out if you qualify.

Governor Lamont is encouraging Connecticut residents to sign up for CTAlert, the state’s emergency alert system, which provides text message notifications to users. To subscribe, text the keyword COVIDCT to 888-777.

Providing information to Connecticut residents

For the most up-to-date information from the State of Connecticut on COVID-19, including an FAQ and other guidance and resources, residents are encouraged to visit  ct.gov/coronavirus .

Individuals who have general questions that are not answered on the website can also call 2-1-1 for assistance. The hotline is available 24 hours a day and has multilingual assistance and TDD/TTY access. It intended to be used by individuals who are not experiencing symptoms but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone experiencing symptoms is strongly urged to contact their medical provider.

The Chester Town Hall, although closed to the public, remains open Monday - Thursday, 9-12 and 1-4 and Friday from 9-12 for the time being. We are not working on Tuesday evenings at this time. Please call 860-526-0013 for an appointment.

Be well,