File photo.

File photo.

RCMP in Campbell River are warning motorists to be more vigilant in the wake of a jump in the number of thefts from vehicles over the past few months.

Mounties say they’ve had an average of 63 complaints per month since September 1st. 90% of the thefts are from unlocked vehicles, with some being targeted twice on different days.

Items taken include purses, wallets, jewelry and loose change, as well as electronics, golf clubs and tools.

“It is important for people to call police when they are victim of a theft and to report suspicious activity as it’s happening, but do not confront suspects.” says Cpl. Ron Vlooswyk of the Campbell River RCMP.

“Generally it’s a small group of individuals who are responsible for the majority of thefts. We ask citizens who have had their vehicles rummaged through to not disturb anything until police can attend and gather evidence.”

To cut down on thefts, RCMP say the best advice is to lock your doors, remove valuables, and keep everything out of sight.

Ben O'Hara