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.

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
, 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 following tips are provided to help ensure you and your belongings stay safe:

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 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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