Police are reminding area residents to be mindful of items being left in vehicles, as well as to lock your vehicle, in reaction to a recent increase in theft from vehicles.
Overnight between July 1st and July 2nd, at least eight vehicles were entered and rummaged through in the area of Blenkinsop Road and Union Road. Several vehicles from Downham Place and the immediate surrounding streets were entered. All but one of the vehicles had been left unlocked.
Overnight between July 7th and July 8th, at least three vehicles were entered in the Lakehill area, specifically on Mcbriar Avenue and Londonderry Road. Again, all of these vehicles appear to have been left unlocked.
In all of these cases, small items such as change, sunglasses, electronic devices, and even cigars were taken.
“It is believed that there are likely other people whose vehicles have been entered, but have not noted anything missing, and therefore, not contacted police” Sgt. Steve Eassie says. “It is possible that these vehicles may have forensic evidence that could help to solve these cases, and any incident should be reported to police”.
There have been numerous reports in recent months relating to thefts from vehicles and the information to the public remains unchanged. The public is urged to: 1) remove any valuables from your vehicle; 2) lock your vehicle when it is not in use; 3) park in a well lit area; and 4) ideally, if you have access to a secure garage, park your vehicle inside.
To report a theft from your vehicle, or simply to report an unlawful entry to your vehicle, please contact the Saanich Police at 250-475-4321.
Sgt. Steve Eassie #158