Stop leaving valuable items in plain sight with car doors unlocked: Kamloops RCMP

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KAMLOOPS - There’s been an increase in theft from vehicles in the city in recent weeks, according to Kamloops RCMP investigators, but more shocking is the number of thefts that could have been prevented.

Cpl. Cheryl Bush, a spokesperson for the detachment, says the numbers show 79 per cent of vehicles entered by thieves were left unlocked by their owners.

“This seems to be an increasing practice among vehicle owners that police would discourage,” she says.

Bush notes some owners say they would rather leave the vehicle unlocked rather than have a would-be thief break their way in after shattering a window. But officers say if the vehicle was locked and nothing was left in plain view, the chance of having items stolen is low.

“What is surprising is that the owners continue to leave valuables in the vehicles, whether they are locked or not,” Bush says. The main items targeted by suspects are sunglasses, wallets, laptops, GPS systems and loose change.

If there is suspicious activity in your neighbourhood you are encouraged to report it. Contact Kamloops RCMP by calling 250-828-3000.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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