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:

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 text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or call 1-800-222-8477.


Released by

Cst. Gary O'Brien

Media Relations Officer
Community Policing Services, Nanaimo
303 Prideaux St, Nanaimo, BC, V9R 2N3
Office: 250-755-3257
Cell: 250-713-0701
Fax: 250-755-3238


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