Halifax Regional Police are warning citizens after a rash of thefts from motor vehicles in the Dartmouth area.
As part of our Community Response Model of Policing, our crime analysts have noted an increase in thefts from motor vehicles in the Portland Hills, Portland Estates and Cranberry Crescent areas. Since October 4, police have received 28 reports of items stolen from inside unattended vehicles in these areas. In most cases, the vehicles were unlocked with attractive objects left in plain sight and all happened in the overnight hours.
Thefts from vehicles are usually crimes of opportunity. Visible items tempt would-be thieves. Citizens should remove all items from their vehicles (e.g. global positioning systems (GPS), satellite radios, cell phone chargers or other equipment that appears valuable) and lock the doors upon exiting. If it is absolutely necessary to leave items in a vehicle, they should be locked in the trunk out of plain sight before arriving at your destination.
Patrol and Community Response Officers as well as the Quick Response Unit will be focussing efforts in these areas.
Citizens who have had items stolen from their vehicles are asked to file a report by calling 902-490-5016 or online at http://www.halifax.ca/Police/OnlineCrimeReporting/OnlineCrimeReporting.php
Citizens are encouraged to call police at 902-490-5020 if they observe any suspicious activity in or around parked vehicles. Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.