Hide your items from thieves – that’s the message from Vancouver Police, as the Christmas shopping rush is upon us.
We’ve all done it before, left items in cars in plain sight for thieves to steal.
You may have even been a victim of theft from a motor vehicle.
The Vancouver Police Department says thieves are looking to smash…and grab – and it can take less than five seconds.
Sergeant Brian Montague says to take fewer trips to the car if you can because thieves are watching.
“If they see you go to your car with an armload of gifts or shopping bags and leave your car empty handed, they know your car is full of things that they want.”
He suggests people do all of their shopping at once.
Last month Vancouver Police reported a 40 per cent increase in theft from motor vehicles from January to September this year — more than 10 thousand reports.