Season of High Risk for Theft from Vehicles
(theft scenario photo-Dreamstime)“We encourage shoppers this holiday season to put their valuables in the trunk” says Prince George RCMP Media Liaison Corporal Craig Douglass. He says if packages are visible in the front or back seat, they may be a magnet for thieves . He says it is also helpful to park your vehicle in a well lit area.
But the temptation for thieves isn’t limited to grabbing something from your car. Cpl. Douglas says care should be taken when disposing of the packaging of items ” We encourage you not to put the boxes ( of those gifts) outside so that they can be seen and possibly have your house targeted for a break in.” He advises packaging for those gifts, especially new electronics, be taken to recycling depots rather than left outside for pick up.
Cpl. Douglass says there has been a steady amount of theft from vehicles from the spring through to today ” Certainly a good portion of them are prolific offenders who are targeting vehicles to support their addiction, as well we have possibly neighbourhood kids who are trying (vehicle) doors to try and get some loose change.”
He says whether it’s holiday season or not, the message stands “We should not be leaving any valuables in a vehicle, and always lock your doors.” Cpl Douglass adds that valuables are not just items left in a vehicle “Valuables can also mean identification, it means keys to the vehicle, or keys to your home.” He says if your garage door opener is stolen from your vehicle, make sure you get a new one and reprogram the system.
He says the Citizens on Patrol have already been doing some proactive work “Our Citizens on Patrol group is actually out not only in malls and major parking lots, but checking residential streets at night as well, looking for signs that people have left their vehicle unlocked. They may be knocking on your door to let you know you should be locking the vehicle or they may leave a notice on your vehicle. So please, this holiday season, lock your doors and don’t leave any of your valuables in plan view.”