Victoria Police says officers are taking a specific focus on thefts from vehicles with dozens of reports each week from Victoria and Esquimalt.
VicPD said Tuesday morning the department received 23 theft from vehicle reports between last Friday and Monday.
The Analysis and Intelligence Section (AIS) is closely tracking those types of crimes and noted an increase this year and are working to identify hotspots and suspects.
Police say thefts from vehicles often happen during later hours and encourage residents to take part in the “9 p.m. ritual”, ensuring all valuables are removed from your car or truck and that your vehicle is locked.
VicPD says in June, two different suspects were arrested while allegedly caught in the act of breaking into vehicles and both incidents happened during late night and early morning hours.
Police say if you see someone looking into or trying door handles of vehicles to call 911.
Victoria Police has a web page available with more information on how to protect yourself from being a victim to thefts from vehicles.