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RCMP remind folks to lock doors even while driving after startling incident Sunday

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Locked doors were a savior for a female driver travelling north on Chemainus Road Sunday night when two men approached her vehicle and tried to enter it.

At about 10 p.m., the driver was forced to stop her vehicle near the Westholme Road and Mount Sicker Road intersection for a man standing in the middle of the road.

"The woman slowed her vehicle to a near stop, and honked her horn to get the man's attention. At this time a second man ran from the roadside bushes and tried to enter the vehicle," said North Cowichan/Duncan Cpl. Krista Hobday. "Luckily the vehicle doors were locked and the men were not able to get into the car. The woman quickly drove her car around the men and left the area, calling police."

One of the suspects was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, while the second was dressed all in black.

While police confirmed this was an isolated incident, they're warning the public to be cautious.

This was a very frightening situation for this woman, but thanks to her quick action she was able to get away and call for help," Hobday said. While this is an isolated incident, it serves as a good reminder to motorists to lock their doors, and be conscious of their surroundings at all times.

The detachment used the Police Dog Service (PDS) for an extensive neighbourhood search but weren't able to locate the culprits.

Investigators are urging anyone with information to contact the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522, or anonymously through Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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