VicPD warns of vehicle break-in hot spots

Rash of thefts from vehicles in Esquimalt, Victoria in past three weeks

VicPD is asking for the public’s help to control a spike in thefts from vehicles in areas of Victoria and Esquimalt.

Over the last three weeks, vehicle break-ins have increased 31 per cent compared to last year’s average rate of theft.

The break-ins are most prevalent in the area surrounding Esquimalt Road and Lampson Street in Esquimalt, and around Vancouver Street and Rockland Avenue in Victoria.

VicPD is focusing patrols in this area, and is reminding the public to report theft from vehicles online at www.vicpd.ca or through the non-emergency line at 250-995-7654.

The reported thefts are used to map hot spots and can help VicPD dedicate appropriate resources, said Const. Mike Russell.

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