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Vehicle break-ins take a big jump in Sidney and North Saanich

  - Black Press file
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Rash of thefts from vehicles

SIDNEY — Police are still dealing with a multitude of thefts from vehicles in Sidney and North Saanich.

The local RCMP is reporting there were 16 incidents of vehicles being broken into in a very short period of time. All 16 complaints were made to police the morning of Feb. 3.

“The thefts occurred overnight, mainly in the area of Lochside Drive and Baker Place as well as areas surrounding Greenglade Elementary on the West side of Sidney,” reported Cpl. Douglas Wilson of the Sidney North Saanich RCMP in a media release.

“All of the vehicles had been rummaged through and a number of items were reported stolen including wallets, passports, spare change and various electronics.”

Police say that most of the targeted vehicles had been left unlocked. Of particular concern is the theft of identification documents such as driver licences and passports as these items are considered high value by criminals active in identity theft and fraud related offences.

Anyone who has had identification stolen should monitor their banking and credit information carefully for any unauthorized or otherwise suspicious activity. Police are continuing to investigate and residents are asked to ensure that they lock their vehicles and never leave valuables inside.

— Sidney North Saanich RCMP

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