Halifax Regional Police reminds citizens to lock their vehicles when they 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 peninsular Halifax and in West Division, which covers the geographical area of Bedford to Sambro. Since March 1, HRP has received 57 complaints in these areas alone. Thieves are entering unattended vehicles and removing items left in the vehicle. In most cases, vehicles are left unlocked with attractive objects left in plain view.
Thefts from vehicles are generally a crime of opportunity, with the sight of items being a temptation for would-be thieves. Citizens should remove all items from their vehicles including global positioning systems (GPS), satellite radios, cell phone chargers or other equipment that gives the appearance that there might be something of value in the vehicle 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.
Citizens who have had items stolen from their vehicles are asked to file a report by calling 490-5016. You can also file a report online at https://www.halifax.ca/police/NonDispatch/index.html.
Citizens are encouraged to call police at 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.