Lock your doors: Increase in theft from vehicles in Summerland

In 2019, there were 94 theft from vehicle reports in Summerland

Hide your valuables and lock your car doors there has been an increase in thefts from vehicles in Summerland.

Since the beginning of January, RCMP have had a slight increase in vehicle theft reports from the public.

Now, police are taking the opportunity to once again remind residents to take valuables out of the vehicle and lock the doors, even in your driveway.

Sgt. David Preston stated that in 2019, there were 94 theft from vehicle reports in Summerland.

“We seem to be on a continual educational process in reminding or encouraging citizens to remove valuable items from inside their vehicle and ensure the doors are locked. Although this is not a significant problem in Summerland, we definitely do not want people to be victims of property crime,” said Sgt. Preston.

Tips to protect yourself:

• Never leave your vehicle idling and unattended.

• Park in a locked, secure garage, or a well-lit, high-traffic area.

• Remove anything that a thief could target. Personal items, valuables or electronics.

• Install an alarm system.

• Always lock your vehicle.

If you become a victim of crime please call the Summerland RCMP at 250-494-7416.

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