Open vehicles easy targets

North Saanich and Sidney neighbourhoods targeted by thieves

Thieves saw success after an unlucky 13 drivers left their vehicles vulnerable in the Dean Park and Greenglade communities.

Over the past two weeks, Sidney North Saanich RCMP received multiple reports of thefts from vehicles.

“The thefts have all occurred while a vehicle is parked outside overnight, and all of the vehicles that were targeted were left unlocked,” said Cpl. Chris Swain.

Wallets, purses, electronic items and money were stolen. The vehicles targeted were in the Dean Park area of North Saanich and the Greenglade area of Sidney. “The thefts appear to be linked, due to the high rate of occurrence and the close geographic proximity,” Swain said.

While 13 cases are on file, police think there could be more unreported thefts, he added. “We need to know where crimes are occurring, how they are doing it, what is being taken … in order to properly investigate the crimes as a group.”

Police remind people to lock their cars and remove valuables to reduce vulnerability to thefts. Anyone with information, or who observes suspicious activity should contact the Sidney North Saanich RCMP at 250-656-3931 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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