Theft from vehicles on the rise in Kamloops

By James Peters
March 15, 2016 - 2:13pm

KAMLOOPS — RCMP say there has been a rash of vehicle break-ins in the past few weeks.

Corporal Cheryl Bush says it's always an issue, but seems to have gotten worse recently.

Bush says vehicle owners could be doing more to protect their property.

"It is alarming to police, that when the reports were analyzed in a recent two week period, the numbers showed that 79% of the vehicles entered were left unlocked. This seems to be an increasing practice among vehicle owners that police would discourage." said Bush.

Bush notes the logic of keeping vehicles unlocked to avoid damage would make more sense if the owners also then removed all valuable items in order to provide zero incentive for thieves to even try the door.

She adds the most popular items people are reporting stolen include sunglasses, wallets, laptops, GPS systems, and loose change.

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