As part of our Community Response Model of Policing, our crime analysts have noted an increase in thefts from motor vehicles in areas such as Portland Estates, Portland Hills, Mt. Edward Rd, Caledonia Road and Montebello areas. Since May 2, police have received at least 20 reports of items stolen from inside unattended vehicles in these areas. In most cases, attractive objects were left in plain sight and in some cases, vehicles were left unlocked. Most happened in the evening 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). 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 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.