Calling it a ‘crime of opportunity,’ Vancouver Police are again warning drivers to make sure they don’t leave any valuables ‘visible’ in their cars, especially as the weather warms up.
Visitors to one of the city’s highly-targeted zones –Stanley Park– were stopped by officers and volunteers this morning, reminding them they could easily be victims of so-called smash and grabs.
Constable Brian Montague says anti-theft devices make it more difficult for actual cars to be stolen, so thieves could be after something as minor as spare change.
“Even if you leave a couple of toonies or loonies in the console, it’s tempting them to break the window and take that money. These are crimes that are preventable.”
Montague says thefts often triple in the summer and 60% of the victims are tourists.
He adds annual theft rates have dropped over the past decade from 18,000 to 8,000.