Victoria police warn about an increase in car break-ins. (File photo)

Victoria Police see 45 per cent increase in thefts from cars since last year

VicPD reminds people to not leave valuables in car after a rash of break-ins

The Victoria Police Department is warning Victoria residents about a recent increase in car break-ins.

The VicPD said dozens of break-ins happen each week in Victoria and Esquimalt, with a noted increase earlier in the year. From July 5 to July 8 alone, VicPD received 23 theft from vehicle reports.

From May to June of 2019, there were 356 reports– a 45 per cent increase in the amount of break thefts from vehicles in the same period in 2018.

ALSO READ: West Shore RCMP tell public to lock vehicles after woman caught trying doors

With such large volumes only some of these cases can be pursued.

“If the break-in is in progress, officers attend right away. Otherwise, everything is followed up on as patrol/K9 officers as resources allow,” said VicPD spokesperson Bowen Osoko. “However, our AIS [Analysis and Intelligence Section] team reads every file and targets areas where we’re seeing increases.”

ALSO READ: Victoria Police warn thefts from vehicles on the rise

At the end of June, VicPD officers were notified of two in-progress break-ins.

On June 16 they received a call about a break-in in the Hillside Avenue area. When K9 officers arrived a man was spotted still partially inside the vehicle. When officers searched him, several stolen items were found in the man’s possession. He was transported to cells before being released on the promise to appear in court at a later date.

On June 22, VicPD K9 and patrol officers responded to calls of a man trying to open car doors in the 500-block of Niagara Street.

ALSO READ: Theft of custom parts creates setback for UVic motorsport team

When the arrived, the man was found inside a vehicle, intoxicated. He was taken into custody.

VicPD is warning people to be aware of nightly break-ins and advises them to be part of a “9 p.m. Ritual” ensuring that all valuables are removed from a vehicle after 9 p.m.

Other tips include parking in a well-lit and busier area, making sure windows and sunroofs are closed and using anti-theft devices in your car.

VicPD also warned that some of the most popular areas for thefts are between the Burnside-Gorge area and Downtown.

If you see a break-in in process or someone trying car doors, call 911.

vnc.editorial@blackpress.ca


 

vnc.editorial@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter
and Instagram

Just Posted

Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin receives first poppy in Legion-led ceremony

The ceremony is one of the first steps to kick off the 2019 poppy campaign

Victoria requests cruise ship visit cap while seeking limit on ship emissions

Mayor says motion is not meant to curtail current visits or limit local cruise industry expansion

Island Health warns of whooping cough at Esquimalt’s Macaulay Elementary

Island Health is urging parents to watch out for signs, and to keep immunizations updated

Council tags two more Oak Bay homes for bylaw infringement

Monterey homeowner covers front yard in gravel and stone

WATCH: Women who make a difference gather for annual Black Press gala

Black Press Media’s Women in Business Gala connects local leaders

POLL: Do you think the day of the federal election should be a statutory holiday?

Increasing voter turnout has long been a goal of officials across the… Continue reading

Kawhi Leonard, former Toronto Raptor, welcomed back to Vancouver at pre-season game

Fans go wild at pre-season game between L.A. Clippers and Dallas Mavericks at Rogers Arena

Greens and NDP go head to head on West Coast; Scheer takes fight to Bernier

Trudeau turns focus to key ridings outside Toronto after two days in Quebec

Canucks beat Stanley Cup champs 4-3 in a shootout

Leivo nets winner, Vancouver dumps St. Louis for fourth straight win

Campbell River homicide suspects arrested in Vancouver

Two men remain in custody, but have not been charged

‘The more you test, the more you find’: Beef recalls a sign of success, experts say

Despite appearances, experts say a recent rise in major recalls is not a sign of food supply problems

Scholars say religious vaccine objections can’t be traced to Biblical sources

Vaccinations are a requirement to attend class in Ontario and New Brunswick, while B.C. launched a demand this fall

ELECTION 2019: How would the major parties address Canada’s housing crisis?

Promises include speculation taxes, more affordable housing, and declaring housing a human right

Most Read