Saanich Police are cautioning the public after seeing a recent spike in thefts and break-ins in vehicles around the district.
According to police, most cases have involved vehicles where the doors have been left unlocked, however, there have been “several” cases where windows were smashed in as well.
In the instances that thieves were breaking in, police say that backpacks, purses and wallets left in plain sight were the primary targets.
“While we work to identify suspects, vehicle owners can help prevent these thefts, particularly glass breaks, by removing all items from plain sight. If removing items is not practical, then storing them in glove boxes, trucks or under seats where they are completely out of sight seems to prevent windows from getting smashed.”
Saanich Police are suggesting that owners leave nothing in sight when their vehicle is left vacant.
Police also recommend removing all valuables and personal items while also locking and securing the vehicle itself.
Any thefts from vehicles or break-ins that have already occurred can be reported to the Saanich Police non-emergency line at 250-475-4321.