Saanich Police are once again warning area residents to lock their vehicles, as well as access points to their garages, following a rash of overnight thefts that were reported throughout the day on Wednesday.
So far, there have been 18 reported thefts from vehicles in the residential neighbourhood between Gordon Head Road and Cadboro Bay Road. At least one property where vehicles were entered also had evidence of a suspect entering an unlocked garage access door.
Police say there have been no reports of damage to the vehicles, however, many of the vehicles were left with trunks and doors open. Thankfully, the weather did not result in these vehicles being damaged by water.
Items missing from the vehicles appear to be small, easily concealed items, such as sunglasses, cash and coins, and small electronic devices.
“This is not the first time that we have issued a warning for people to lock their vehicle doors when parking their vehicles overnight” Sgt. Steve Eassie said. “It would appear, from these, and many other reported thefts from the past several months, that the most common factor in all of the incidents is an unlocked vehicle”.
One investigator commented that a residence had two vehicles parked in a driveway. The unlocked vehicle was entered and ransacked. A second vehicle, that was locked, had a purse in clear view, however, the vehicle was not entered.
The area of interest in these thefts was noted to be the 1700 block of Mckenzie Avenue, 3900 block of Gordon Head Road, Sinclair Road, and Cadboro Heights.
Anyone who may have information about these crimes are asked to contact the Saanich Police Department at 250-475-4321, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).