Halifax Regional Police (HRP) reminds citizens to lock their vehicles 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 peninsular Halifax, particularly in the Point Pleasant Park (PPP) area. In the last month, HRP received seven reports, while parked in the PPP parking lot, of vehicle windows being smashed and items stolen from inside the vehicles. As well, there has been an increase in reported thefts from motor vehicles in the rest of peninsular Halifax with 14 vehicles broken into in the last 10 days. In most cases, the vehicles were left unlocked with attractive objects left in plain view.
Thefts from vehicles are usually crimes 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 appears valuable, 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.