October has seen an increased amount of thefts from vehicles in Quesnel.
These have occurred all over the City but the Uplands, Racing Road area, as well as the Johnston and Carson subdivisions, have been the worst hit.
Police have the following tips to prevent you from becoming a victim of these crimes:
Do not leave any property in your vehicle or expect to find it gone when you return later. Thieves will break in for as little as a few coins or a cigarette lighter. If you absolutely must leave items in your vehicle, secure them in the trunk as many thieves routinely check the glove box and under the seat for hidden items. Typical items stolen from vehicles include purses, wallets, credit cards, GPS units, passports, house keys, cash, clothing, and sunglasses.
Do not keep spare keys to your vehicle in your vehicle. Police see this happen all the time. What would have been the theft of some change in the ashtray, turns into a theft of a vehicle.
Do not leave any personal identification in an unattended vehicle or you could become a victim of identity theft.
Invest in a good anti-theft device, particularly a passive immobilizer. Use a steering wheel lock every time you park your vehicle.
Secure your licence plates with bolts – Criminals commonly steal license plates and use them to avoid being identified while committing other crimes.
Do not set the ‘Home’ function on your GPS device to your home address, but rather to a nearby intersection, thereby not allowing the suspects to know exactly where you live.
Do not keep your garage door opener in your vehicle along with any identifying information as this could result in directing the suspects directly to your residence.
If you have a garage, use it all the time when parking at home.
If you see any suspicious persons or activities near a vehicle, call the police immediately. Report suspicious activity while it is happening – Try to get a description of the suspects and their vehicle (including licence plate). Do not confront the suspects. Let the police determine if it’s a crime in progress.
Park in open, visible areas. Avoid parking behind fences and hedges.
At home, light your driveway at night. Elsewhere, park in well lit areas near pedestrian traffic.
Record the serial numbers of all items of value. The serial number is the best way police have of tracking property and returning it to the rightful owner.
When fueling your vehicle, ensure that you have your vehicle’s key with you at all times and lock your vehicle when you go in to pay.
If you have been a victim of theft and have not yet reported the incident or if you have information regarding who is responsible for these thefts please call the Quesnel RCMP at 250-992-9211 or BC Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
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