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In a press release on Thursday, Saanich police warned the public of an increase in thefts from vehicles this year.

Since January 1st, 2019, police say there have been 29 reported thefts from vehicles in Saanich.

Items that have been reported stolen include credit cards, gift cards, cash, and electronics. However, police are also noting that most of these thefts are preventable.

“In almost all of the reported incidents owners have left their vehicle unlocked,” reads the release.

So far, most of the recent thefts have taken place in residential areas near UVic, Uptown, and Tillicum.

To help protect yourself from theft, police recommend removing valuables from your car and ensuring your vehicle is locked securely when parked.

“If you have fallen victim to a theft from your vehicle, we want to hear from you” said Sgt. Jereme Leslie in the release.

“If you see anyone in your neighbourhood that appears to be acting in a suspicious manner, especially in the late evening and early morning hours, please contact us.”

Saanich Police issued an almost identical press release in February 2018 following a similar surge in thefts from vehicles.

A similar trend was also noticed in Sidney in October of last year.

You can contact Saanich Police through their non-emergency line at 250-475-4321. In cases of emergency dial 911.