Dramatic Spike In Theft From Vehicles

The Saanich Police Department has noticed a dramatic increase in reported theft from vehicles, responding to at least sixty two (62) incidents over a fourteen day period.

Between January 1st, 2013 and January 14, 2013, the Saanich Police Department have responded to sixty two (62) reported thefts from motor vehicles.  This is a dramatic increase in reported thefts when compared to the same time period from 2012, during which there were only 17 reported incidents.

In roughly twenty eight (28) incidents, the vehicles were left unlocked; twenty two (22) vehicles had damage to lock mechanisms or doors; and ten (10) vehicles had windows broken to allow entry.  In one incident, a theft of a tailgate was reported.

Thieves appear to be targeting small items that can be easily concealed, including small electronic devices (iPads, MP3 players, GPS units, laptop computers), as well as other items such as loose change, sunglasses, and wallets.

The majority of these incidents have been occurring between the hours of midnight and four o’clock in the morning.

Members of our community are reminded to remove anything of value from their vehicles and to ensure that their vehicles are secured.  It is suggested, if possible, for vehicles to be parked in well lit areas. The installation of motion sensored lights may deter the actions of unwanted persons, and may alert residents to the presence of someone on their property.

“Should you see someone in your neighbourhood, and your gut tells you they are out of place, follow your instinct and contact us”  Sgt. Steve Eassie says.  “This gives us the best opportunity to locate and identify who these individuals are. It is often information from the public, acting as the eyes and ears of our community, that assists us in locating people of interest.”

If anybody knows anything about these crimes please contact the Saanich Police at 250-475-4321 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS if you wish to remain anonymous.

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