Theft from vehicles on the increase
2017-07-17 08:08 PDT
File # 2017 Thefts are on the increase
The Nanaimo RCMP have noticed an increase in thefts across the city and wish to advise the public that any items left unattended in vehicles or backyards are fair game to criminals.
During the summer months there is an expected increase in thefts from vehicles, sheds and backyards. Thieves also enjoy the longer warmer days but for all the wrong reasons. If it’s not locked down or out of sight, it will be stolen said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.
, said O'Brien. The stolen items often surface much later in known drug houses throughout the City where they are exchanged for the purchase of illegal drugs.
The most common items stolen from vehicles are cell phones, purses, wallets and coins. If you think you have a great hiding spot for your valuables, think again because criminals have figured it out a long time ago
The following tips are provided to help ensure you and your belongings stay safe:
- Do not leave any items of value in your car and do not attempt to hide them. Take a few minutes to remove them entirely or lock them in your trunk
- Engrave all valuables with an identifying number and take a picture using your cell phone
- Ensure backyard sheds are locked up. Criminals prefer items such as leaf blowers, grass cutters, lawnmowers, ladders and bicycles.
- Register your bikes with the 529 Garage app
- Report all thefts to the police. Even if nothing was stolen in the incident, it allows the police to get an appropriate picture of where crime is being committed and how best to respond with resources
- Report suspicious activity immediately by calling the non-emergency line at 250-754-2345. The quicker this activity is reported, the quicker these individuals can be identified and held accountable for their actions.
If you know of persons involved in criminal activity, do yourself and your neighbours a favor by reporting their activities to the police. There is no honour amongst thieves and you could very well be next on their list of intended targets. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers 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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