Halifax District RCMP remind car owners that during March break 2014 officers responded to over 50 car break-ins throughout the district. RCMP urge car owners to take preventive measures.
· Lock your doors, even if you don’t have anything valuable in your car. This will discourage thieves looking for easy targets. It will also deter those who would go into an unlocked car to look for a trunk or hood release button in order to steal parts or the contents of the trunk.
· Park in your garage if you have one, and lock both your vehicle and your garage.
· Park in a well-lit area where ‘natural surveillance’ will serve as a deterrent.
· Don’t leave your garage opener, house/business keys or vehicle registration papers in your vehicle. If thieves steal these items, they could use them to commit other crimes including identity theft or break & enter.
· Do not leave briefcases, purses and backpacks that may contain wallets, identification, laptops, cell phones and other valuables unattended in your vehicle.
If you are a victim of a vehicle break-in or witness any suspicious activity please report it to any RCMP detachment or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS ( 8477 ), texting TIP202 + your message to ‘CRIMES’ (274637) or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca . Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash reward from $50 – $2000.