Vehicle Theft Rising

With Christmas on the way and all the shopping, busy parking lots and presents left in vehicles this is a good reminder about not leaving any valuables in your car or at least try to hide them away out of sight.


Police are warning motorists to secure their vehicles and belongings, following a dramatic spike in thefts.

Const. Jesse O'Donaghey says thefts from vehicles in October more than doubled those a year ago.

The October numbers were also greater than those in June, July and August.

"This is abnormal," said O'Donaghey, who said numbers usually spike in the summer.

"The month of October represents the highest number of thefts from motor vehicles since the end of 2012."

While police will continue to target prolific offenders and known auto thieves, O'Donaghey said owners have to take responsibility by ensuring their vehicles are locked and personal items removed.

"Unsecured motor vehicles in residential neighbourhoods are very tempting targets for thieves. Criminals will often travel into these areas knowing they are a target-rich environment."

The theft of purses, wallets, cellphones, iPads, laptops and other devices then leads to debit and credit card fraud.

O'Donaghey showed a map of theft hot spots in the city during a two recent-two week period, reminding residents crime can happen in their neighbourhood.

"Anyone is a potential target. Thieves will often walk a street and try door handles, and if a vehicle is unlocked they will go inside and look for electronic devices."

"It does seem like a common sense thing and people still do leave their valuables in plain sight," said O'Donaghey.

*Reprinted from Castanet November 13th*

Nick Latondresse

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