Halifax District RCMP are again reminding residents to lock up and remove valuables following a number of thefts from motor vehicles overnight in the Waverley area. RCMP had nine complaints reported and determined approximately 15 vehicles were rummaged through.
In most cases, car doors were left unlocked making it easy for criminals to access valuables. The thefts occur overnight and during every night of the week. Stolen items include loose change, GPS, Ipods and chargers, and flashlights.
· 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 deterrence.
· Don’t leave your garage opener, house/business keys or vehicle registration papers in your vehicle. If thieves stole these items, they could use them to commit other crimes including identity theft or break & enter.
· 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.