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One in three theft-from-vehicle reports in Chilliwack involve unlocked doors

Chilliwack RCMP are warning the public to lock vehicles as 33 per cent of all theft from vehicle reports involved unlocked doors. - Chilliwack RCMP
Chilliwack RCMP are warning the public to lock vehicles as 33 per cent of all theft from vehicle reports involved unlocked doors.
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As residents in the Upper Fraser Valley are preparing to give at Christmas there are those who plan to take. The holiday season can be a time of year which offers thieves greater opportunity to target shoppers and home owners as they purchase gifts for family and friends.

“In over 33 per cent of theft-from-vehicle reports received by police the victim’s vehicle has been left unlocked," said Cpl. Mike Rail, spokesperson for the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment. "Officers will be patrolling during the season, however, neighbours watching out for their neighbours and reporting suspicious activity to police is a powerful means to keep our communities safe, not only at Christmas, but throughout the entire year.”

Here are some other helpful tips to protect your property and reduce crime in our community:

- Always lock your vehicle doors;

- Do not leave valuables in plain view inside of your vehicle;

- Remove valuables from your vehicle once you have parked for the night;

- Remove remote garage door openers from your vehicle once you have parked for the night;

- At home, lock your windows and doors even when you are home and working outside;

- Check your mail daily;

- Light up your home at night. Lighting is the most effective crime prevention tool since criminals do not want to be seen.

For those planning to travel over the Christmas Season:

- Have someone check your home daily;

- Arrange to have newspapers and flyers picked up from the front of your home;

- Have the mail picked up daily or have the Post Office hold your mail while way.

RCMP remind everyone who witnesses anything they believe to be suspicious in nature to contact their local police or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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