Theft from vehicle complaints rising, Campbell River RCMP say

There has been a spike in thefts from motor vehicles reported to Campbell River RCMP.

Since Sept. 1, on average, 63 complaints are made each month. Ninety per cent of the thefts are from vehicles that were not locked, Cpl. Ron Vlooswyk of the Campbell River RCMP says in a press release. In some cases, the same vehicles were entered twice on different days.

In Campbell River, most frequently it’s loose change that is being stolen, followed by purses, wallets, jewellery and papers such as insurance documents. Recently, the majority of the theft of motor vehicles appears to have started with theft from a motor vehicle where the suspects found the ignition keys inside the vehicle. Other items stolen are electronics, golf clubs, tools and items of irreplaceable sentimental value.

Tips to avoid becoming a victim at your home are to install motion sensor lights and install high resolution cameras. In addition, in other areas, use a steering wheel locking device and activate your car alarm, if equipped. The best tip is lock your doors, remove valuables and keep everything out of sight.

“It is important for people to call police when they are victim to a theft and to report suspicious activity as it’s happening, but do not confront suspects,” Vlooswyck says. “Generally, it’s a small group of individuals who are doing the majority of the thefts. We ask citizens who have had their vehicles rummaged through to not disturb anything until police can gather evidence.”

For more information visit the ICBC and BC RCMP websites.

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