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You lose if you don't lock it up, Kelowna RCMP say of car break-ins

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August 29, 2018 - 3:15 PM

KELOWNA - Amidst continued break-ins to parked vehicles, RCMP in the Central Okanagan are warning motorists to lock it or lose it, and to take the time to report suspicious activity.

RCMP throughout the Kelowna Regional Detachment area continue to find that the vast majority of the vehicles targeted by property thieves, were all types and sizes of motor vehicles, that had one thing in common, their doors were left insecure, RCMP media liaison Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says in a press release.

The few cases where auto glass was smashed, or exterior locks were damaged by suspects, was when vehicle owners left valuable property in plain sight, O'Donaghey says.

The most common items stolen from vehicles include wallets and purses, credit or debit cards, personal identification including drivers licenses, passport documents or medical care cards, power tools, golf clubs and accessories, house and automotive keys, cash including loose change, expensive clothing items and personal accessories, such as sunglasses.

Often times those victims who leave their wallets, containing debit and credit cards and personal identification inside their vehicle, also become victims of fraud, O’Donaghey says. In many of these cases, criminals will have racked up multiple charges using the stolen cards tap feature, before the victim discovers their cards are even missing.

If you see any suspicious persons or activities near your vehicle or in your neighbourhood, you are encouraged to call your local police immediately. RCMP also ask that vehicle owners contact police as soon as they discover a break-in has been committed to their vehicle.

RCMP would like to remind the public that 911 is for emergency situations only and should only be used when someone’s life is in danger, there is an immediate threat to someone’s safety or when there is a crime in progress.

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