News

Theft from cars on the rise in Saanich

Over the past two weeks thefts from vehicles have been on the rise in Saanich, specifically on Gorge Road, 3300-block of Glasgow Avenue and 700 to 1000 block of Tulip Avenue areas, police say.

“What’s concerning about this most recent rash of thefts is that this is not simply targeting vehicles that have been left unlocked,” Sgt. Steve Eassie said.

Many locked car doors have be broken into and windows pried back to gain entry. Most of the thefts are happening in the early morning hours. There have been over 20 break-ins in the past two weeks.

In a couple of cases the only missing items are insurance papers. People who are paying monthly insurance payments are given papers with banking information, which should not be kept in the vehicle, Eassie said.

Also being stolen are small electronic items, sunglasses and loose change.

Police remind vehicle owners to park in well lit areas and to remove all valuables from the car.

Eassie said police are looking for those responsible but it’s not an easy task. The cold weather means most people are wearing gloves, making it even harder to find forensic evidence.

kwells@goldstreamgazette.com

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

Community Events, April 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Apr 16 edition online now. Browse the archives.