Large number of thefts from vehicles since start of May

Make sure your vehicles are secure and that all valuables are removed

Mission RCMP have been inundated with 38 calls about thefts from vehicles in the first week of May.

This recent rash brings the total number of cases to 66 since April, the highest reported in that month in the past five years, said Mounties.

“Crime analysis has shown that since Jan. 1 of this year, Mission has already had 234 reported incidents of theft from auto,” said Sgt. Miriam Dickson. “This equated to a value in loss and damages of $95,000.”

These crimes are sporadic and are occurring in neighborhoods throughout Mission.

Here are ways to protect your property:

• Remove all valuables. Never leave anything on display, including loose change, sunglasses, cellphones, cameras, computers, garage door openers, etc.

• Remove portable accessories, such as stereo faceplates, GPS and satellite radios and locking them in the trunk or taking them with you.

• Park safely. When parking at home, use your garage, and be sure to lock both your vehicle and your garage door. If you don’t have a garage, try to park in a well lit, open space. Close all vehicle windows and lock the doors.

If you have information, call 604-826-7161. If you wish to remain anonymous,  call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a tip at www.bccrimestoppers.com.