Halifax Regional Police reminds the public not to leave valuables in a vehicle while it is unattended.
As part of our Community Response Model of Policing, our Integrated Criminal Operations Section, which analyzes crime statistics, has noted a trend in thefts from motor vehicles. Since last Friday, over 20 vehicles were broken into in West Division which covers the geographical area of Bedford to Sambro. Of particular note, there were 12 reports of thefts from vehicles that were parked on streets surrounding Flamingo Drive as well as six reports from the Spryfield area. In many cases the vehicles were unlocked and were reported after officers located stolen property and contacted the owners.
Thefts from vehicles are generally a crime of opportunity, with the sight of items being a temptation for would-be thieves. It is recommended that citizens remove all items from their vehicles 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 view before arriving at your destination.
Anyone observing suspicious activity in or around parked vehicles should report it to police immediately at 490-5020. Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Halifax Regional Police at 490-5016. Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.