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Precautions should be taken against vehicle thefts
Vehicle thefts are on the rise in the valley, North Cowichan-Duncan RCMP report.
A spike in thefts from vehicles occurs on occasion and there appears to be another upsurge now, according to police.
"The thefts seem to be occurring in the early evening,'' stated Const. David de Montbrun in a news release. "You should always lock your vehicle when you leave it and make sure you can't see valuables inside.''
Police have received reports from people who left valuables in their vehicle and, in most cases, the vehicles were left unlocked or with the windows down.
"This should be a reminder that whenever you leave your vehicle unattended, you should not leave anything of value inside,'' added de Montbrun.
"This is applicable whether you are out shopping during the day, at work or at home.''
Police advise the same can be said for safeguarding homes against theft. Doors should be locked and windows secured before leaving.
Even if people are in the backyard, they should be locking the front door to prevent someone from entering.