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'Lock it, keep it': Chilliwack RCMP patrols parking lots

Last Updated May 9, 2018 at 8:18 pm PST

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CHILLIWACK (NEWS 1130) – Chilliwack RCMP have been sending patrols through parking lots in the community this week, urging owners to lock doors and hide valuables.

On Monday and Tuesday, officers worked with RCMP Auxiliary and Chilliwack City Watch volunteers to check cars in parking lots of shopping malls and recreation centres, seeing if items were left in plain sight.

“Vehicles parked with articles in sight are at higher risk as potential targets for auto crime,” says Constable Connor McGregor. “Police are taking this opportunity to make the public aware of the importance of locking your vehicle and keeping valuables out of view”.

The three agencies gave out auto crime prevention notices to nearly 10 per cent of the cars they checked over the two days.

Items that were left in plain sight include cellphones, wallets, purses, credit cards, and even cash.

UFVRD spokesperson Corporal Mike Rail says thieves only win if people don’t work together,

“Theft is a crime which can be significantly reduced by everyone working together to eliminate opportunities offered to criminals,” he says.

Chilliwack RCMP says diligence should always be used when parking your car at night as unlocked doors are often reported in theft from vehicle complaints.

If you witness anything you believe is suspicious, contact your local RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.