**** RCMP Media Release
RCMP investigates multiple thefts involving vehicles
Police are investigating multiple thefts involving vehicles in Halifax District RCMP area over the past several weeks.
Between May 20 and June 13, there were 32 reports of parked vehicles being entered without permission in Lower Sackville and an additional ten reports of parked vehicles being entered without permission throughout the rest of Halifax District RCMP area. Many of the vehicles were unlocked at the time and no damage has been reported. Numerous valuables and small items were reported missing.
During the same period, 16 vehicles (including ATVs and motorcycles) were reported stolen in Halifax District RCMP area.
In light of the recent thefts, the RCMP is reminding residents to remove all valuables from vehicles (including keys, wallets, sunglasses and cash) and to close and lock windows and doors.
“Unfortunately, theft can happen anywhere, even in the friendliest, most tightly-knit communities,” says Cpl. Jennifer Clarke with Nova Scotia RCMP. “Locking your vehicle isn’t you saying that you don’t trust your neighbours. It’s you saying that you won’t tolerate theft in your neighbourhood.”
Police are also reminding residents to secure the rest of their property, including homes, garages and sheds. Keep items like ATVs, bikes and power tools locked away and turn on outside lights after dark.
Another way to help protect yourself and your loved ones is to participate in the #9PMROUTINE. The #9PMROUTINE is a campaign encouraging Nova Scotians to double-check that their homes and vehicles are locked every night before bed. The initiative also encourages residents to lead by example and share through social media that they have completed the routine using the hashtag #9PMRoutine and tagging @RCMPNS on Twitter(https://twitter.com/RCMPNS) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/rcmpns/).
Police continue to follow leads related to the thefts, but are asking the public to report anything suspicious. Anyone with information is asked to call their local RCMP detachment. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip atwww.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App.