Increase in theft from cars in North Delta, police say

DELTA — Police have noticed an increase in thefts from vehicles in North Delta.

"The vast majority of cars we’re seeing ‘broken’ into have been left unlocked or insecure, with personal items in plain view," Delta Police Sgt. Sarah Swallow said.

"Leaving your car unlocked or insecure can entice thieves into your neighborhood for these crimes of opportunity, and can lead to more serious crimes such as break-and-enters and property damage to your home or your neighbours."

Police advise to always lock your doors, remove everything from your vehicle – gym bags, loose change, GPS units etc. – and park in a well-lit place.

"Make it part of your nighttime routine to check your vehicle is locked," Swallow said.

Report any suspicious activity or people in your neighbourhood to police, she added, by 911 for crimes in progress or 604-946-4411 for a late report in Delta. If your car has been burgled, "try not to touch anything in your car until police have attended."

tom.zytaruk@thenownewspaper.com

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