Sixty-two reported thefts from vehicles parked in Saanich in the first two weeks of 2013 has police concerned.
It’s also forcing them to put out another message to not leave anything of value – even a nickel left in plain sight – in your car when it’s parked. Saanich police issued a similar warning when thieves broke into 11 vehicles over two days in November.
Between Jan. 1 and Jan. 14 last year, there were 17 reported thefts from vehicles in Saanich, compared to 62 for the same period this year.
The recent rash of thefts are occurring all over the municipality, but are believed to be typically taking place between midnight and 4 a.m.
Loose change and small electronic devices are the main targets, but in one case a tailgate was also stolen.
Many of the vehicles have been visibly damaged by the thieves to gain access – from broken windows to busted locks. As well, at least 28 of the vehicles were simply left unlocked overnight.
Saanich police Sgt. Steve Eassie says the department needs residents to be vigilant, and to call police if they see anyone suspicious in their neighbourhood.
As well, if your vehicle is targeted, even if it isn’t damaged and only a handful of change is stolen, police urge you to report it.
But the best way to prevent being victimized, Eassie says, is to remove all valuables from your vehicles and secure it.