Keeping your gifts out of thieves hands. Ways to prevent being the victim of theft from auto
2022-12-08 11:06 PST
Richmond RCMP working to prevent you from becoming a victim of theft from auto.
We want to ensure your gifts end up in the hands they were intended for and not some opportunistic thieves, says Corporal Ray Basi, NCO Richmond Property Crime Unit,
Our officers are out there and working hard to catch those committing these crimes, we but also need the public’s help. By following some basic tips, such as not leaving gifts and other personal items in a car, the public can play an integral part in reducing these crimes.
Tips that can help prevent your vehicle from being broken into include:
- 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.
- 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.
For more tips on preventing theft from autos, visit the BC RCMP website.
In addition to stealing gifts or other personal items, thieves can also smash the window of your vehicle, leaving you with an expensive repair.
Anyone who has been the victim of a theft from auto, or attempted theft from auto, should report it to the police of jurisdiction. Whether something was stolen or not, reporting it allows police to investigate in an attempt to identify the individual(s) involved. It also allows police to track potential crime trends and assign additional resources to areas being targeted.
Cpl. Dennis HwangMedia Relations Officer
11411 No. 5 Road, Richmond, BC V7A 4E8
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