Police in Sidney, North Saanich and Oak Bay are once again reminding residents to lock their parked vehicles, as well as store or remove valuable items.
The reminders come after several complaints about theft from vehicles.
On Sept. 22, several residents contacted Sidney/North Saanich RCMP and said their vehicles had been rummaged through and their property was stolen overnight. The stolen items included portable electronics, garage door openers, wallets and keys to other vehicles. RCMP believe
RCMP said this is similar to the thefts that were reported in the fall of 2017 and again in the spring of this year when parked vehicles were left unlocked and items were stolen.
The stolen items included portable electronics, garage door openers, wallets and keys to other vehicles. The recent thefts occurred throughout Sidney and at least 15 people called to report the thefts.
“Leaving vehicles unlocked, filled with items that can easily be stolen, is an invitation to thieves to come to the North Peninsula and cause havoc,” said Sidney / North Saanich RCMP Detachment Commander Staff Sgt Wayne Conley in a release.
Oak Bay police have also sent out a reminder to residents in the area to keep their vehicles locked and to remove anything of value from them.
The notice comes after a camera, valued at $1,800, was stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the 3000-block of Henderson Road on Sept. 17.
Then in the morning of Sept. 20, coins were stolen from two separate unlocked vehicles in the 2200 block of Estevan Avenue and the 1500 block of Clive Drive. A briefcase and a wallet were stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the 1900 block of Beach Drive that same morning.
On Saturday morning, a suspect entered another unlocked vehicle in the Clive Drive area.