Halifax Regional Police reminds citizens to lock their vehicles, ensure windows are closed and remove valuables when their vehicles are left unattended.
As part of our Community Response Model of Policing, our Comstat crime analysts have noted an increase in thefts from motor vehicles in Portland Hills subdivision. Between August 12-17, police received nine reports of items stolen from inside unattended vehicles in this area. In some cases, the vehicles were left unlocked with attractive objects left inside. Items that have been stolen include a wallet, gift cards, sunglasses, and in one case a bicycle was removed from the vehicle’s bike rack.
Thefts from vehicles are usually crimes of opportunity with visible items tempting would-be thieves. Citizens should remove all items from their vehicles, particularly valuables. They should also close all windows and lock the doors upon exiting. If it is absolutely necessary to leave items in your vehicle, they should be locked in the trunk out of plain sight before arriving at your destination.
If you’ve been a victim of a theft and have yet to report the incident to police, please file a report online at halifax.ca/police/OnlineCrimeReporting/OnlineCrimeReporting.php or call 902-490-5016. Anyone who observes suspicious activity in or around parked vehicles is encouraged to call police at 902-490-5020. Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.