Theft from vehicles is on the rise
2017-11-27 09:37 PST
File # 2017-38427
The Nanaimo RCMP is wishes to advise the public that theft from vehicles is up 57 percent from this time last year with the trend expected to increase throughout the Holiday Season.
Thieves will steal anything in plain view. They will break windows, punch out door locks and do significant damage to take as little as one loonie. We also hear very sad stories of sentimental items being stolen from vehicles. Thieves don't care and will simply dispose of priceless family heir looms in the garbage if it cannot be redeemed for cash or drugs, said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.
The public needs to be aware that thieves will target busy parking lots so they can go about their business unnoticed. They will wait for an unsuspecting driver to park their vehicle and within minutes it is broken into. The preferred items are small and easily concealed such as electronics, cell phones, perfume, makeup, sunglasses, clothing and of course wallets.
The following tips are provided for your shopping safety:
- Anything left in your vehicle is a target for thieves
- Lock all doors and windows when you leave your vehicle
- Try to park in areas where there is lots of foot traffic
- If your dropping off gifts then continuing with your shopping, place them in the trunk of your vehicle
- When parking look around to see who may be watching you
- If you see anything suspicious, do not park and simply move on
- Report suspicious activity immediately
- Ensure there is nothing inside your vehicle that can be used to access your home
If you have information on any crimes in Nanaimo, call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, If you wish to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.
Cst. Gary O'BrienMedia Relations Officer
Community Policing Services, Nanaimo
303 Prideaux St, Nanaimo, BC, V9R 2N3
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