New Westminster Police want residents to lock their vehicles

Lock your car and roll up your windows or you could be in for a rude awakening, according to the New Westminster Police Department.

Last week, police reported a spike in thefts from autos in the Massey-Victory Heights area, between Richmond Street and 10th and Eighth avenues. Police say they received six reports of stuff being stolen from inside vehicles during the last week of August.

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But none of the incidents reported any forced entry, meaning all vehicles were either left unlocked or the windows were down, according to Sgt. Jeff Scott.

“We encourage everyone to secure their vehicles and to remove all valuables from their vehicles,” he wrote in an email to the Record.

Scott is also reminding residents to report any suspicious activity or people to police right away. In these cases, patrol officers are often dispatched to check on the situation, he added.

“How do you know if someone is suspicious? If they are looking into parked vehicles, or they are going onto driveways between parked cars, or they are checking door handles on parked vehicles,” Scott wrote.

“If everyone is vigilant, we can all work together to reduce theft.”

Call the police department’s non-emergency line at 604-525-5411 to report suspicious activity. If you see a crime happening call 911.

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