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Victoria Police are reminding the public to properly secure their vehicles, after an increase in thefts from vehicles over the first week of this month.

According to VicPD, between the dates of April 1st and April 7th, there were 48 thefts from vehicles in Victoria and Esquimalt – compared to the last week of March this year, that is an increase of 29%.

During the above March time period, there were only 34 thefts from vehicles in comparison.

Saanich PD also stated that they are also experiencing a significant increase in thefts from vehicles, and reiterate VicPD’s reminders to lock your doors and leave nothing in sight.

VicPD further reminds the public that thefts from vehicles often tend to happen during later hours, and most occur after dark.

They also suggest a “9:00 p.m. ritual” of removing anything valuable from your vehicle each night, as to help to prevent theft.

VicPD offers these additional steps you can take to protect your vehicle from being targeted, including:

  • Always lock your vehicle
  • Park in high traffic, well-lit areas
  • Remove all valuables and personal items
  • Never leave duplicate sets of keys in your vehicle
  • Leave nothing in plain sight

They have said the increase in thefts from vehicles over the first week of April serves as a reminder that vehicle owners can help by being mindful of their vehicle security.