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Delta Police upping patrols in Tsawwassen after thefts from garages

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Delta's police chief says people in smaller communities like Tsawwassen may be less inclined to lock their doors

DELTA (NEWS 1130) – If you live in Tsawwassen, you may notice police driving though your neighbourhood more often.

This follows a couple of incidents of people going into unlocked cars and grabbing door openers to gain access to the owners’ garages.

Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord is encouraging everyone to make sure their valuables are locked up, whether they are in homes or cars.

“Sometimes, in a small community people leave their doors open. But there’s just no need to and it’s important to keep them locked.”

He says officers will be doing more patrols in the area. “We have special deployment to there. We have special assignments and directed activity. So, our officers are spending more time in the Tsawwassen area.”

As for why Tsawwassen may be targeted for this kind of thing, Dubord thinks the completion of the South Fraser Perimeter Road has a lot to do with it. “There’s nice, smooth path to be able to get there now. It’s sort of the end of the line, as well. When you’re travelling on the SFPR, it’s the last community.”

Dubord adds he thinks Tsawwassen overall is a “tremendously safe community.”

“People are trusting there. They know that potentially doors are left open and then there’s always goods in the cars, as well. People keep computers and laptops and all kinds of things in their cars that are potentially easy to sell and can make someone quick money — whether it be for drugs or other means.”

No one has been arrested in the garage break-ins, but Dubord says investigators are working on some leads.