Cars parked in secure underground parkades are not as safe as you may think
2017-06-16 15:25 PDT
File # 2017-17412
Since January 2017 the Burnaby RCMP has seen an increase in break-ins to vehicles parked in secure underground parking garages. The investigation to date has revealed that the suspects are gaining access to these areas and breaking into vehicles and stealing various items left in the parked vehicles. The offences have been taking place primarily in south Burnaby and occur between the hours of 12 am and 4 am.
While the Burnaby RCMP continues with the investigation and seeks any information that would assist them, they would like to remind people to always remove valuables from their vehicle. It is a misconception that vehicles parked in a secure underground parking garage are safe and it’s important that the community attempts to prevent these avoidable thefts from occurring.
Some tips for preventing theft from and of vehicles:
- Do not leave any property in your vehicle. Thieves will break in for as little as a few coins or a phone charger/usb cable. If you absolutely must leave items in your vehicle, secure them in the trunk.
- Do not leave any personal identification in an unattended vehicle or you could become a victim of identity theft. (For example, drivers licence, financial documents, credit/debit information or any mail that could identify who you are).
- Invest in a good anti-theft device, particularly a passive immobilizer.
- Secure your licence plates with bolts – Criminals commonly steal licence plates and use them to avoid being identified while committing other crimes.
- Do not keep your garage door opener in your vehicle.
- Always wait for an automatic gate to close behind you when entering or leaving a controlled parking area.
- Do not keep spare keys to your vehicle in the vehicle. Police see this happen all the time. What would have been the theft of some change in the ashtray, turns into a theft of a vehicle.
- If you see any suspicious persons or activities near a vehicle, call the police immediately. Report suspicious activity while it is happening – Try to get a description of the suspects and their vehicle (including licence plate). Do not confront the suspects. Let the police determine if it’s a crime in progress.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Burnaby RCMP at 604-294-7922. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.solvecrime.ca.
Cpl. Daniela PanesarMedia Relations Officer
6355 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby, BC
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