Lock your car doors and keep your valuables out of sight, police say. (Citizen file)

Lock your car doors and keep your valuables out of sight, police say. (Citizen file)

Duncan police see rash of thefts from vehicles

In most of the cases the thieves had it easy as the doors were left unlocked.

Mounties are urging residents to keep their car doors locked after a rash of thefts from vehicles in the Duncan area recently.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP spokesperson Const. Carlie McCann reported that from May 7 to June 6 police received more than two dozen calls about anything and everything from wallets and spare chance to insurance papers and electronics being taken from people’s vehicles in the overnight hours.

In most of the cases the thieves had it easy as the doors were left unlocked.

McCann said to prevent future thefts drivers should keep their doors locked and windows rolled up whenever their vehicles are unattended and to park in a well-lit place or in an area with motion-sensor lights.

Reporting thefts in progress and suspicious behaviour to police is also important.

“We hope the public can help us reduce property crime in the area,” said North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP officer in charge Insp. Chris Bear. “Keeping valuable items out of vehicles and being aware of suspicious behaviour in your neighbourhood can help us prevent more thefts like these.”

Anyone with information about these ongoing thefts, or other crimes in the community, is encouraged to call North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522 or, to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.cowichancrimestoppers.com.