Police are warning of thefts from business vehicles in the Cowichan Valley. (File photo)

Police warn of spike in thefts from business vehicles in Cowichan Valley

People asked to document tools

The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP want the public to be aware of an increase of thefts from clearly marked business vehicles during the month of March.

The vehicles are being targeted at construction sites, business locations, fenced business lots and while parked at residences, and the thieves appear to be focusing on the hand tools that are stored within.

“Police realize that victims of these thefts not only suffer the cost of replacing the expensive tools, but they also suffer a delay in completing projects,” the RCMP said in a press release.

“This delay of service begins to compound its effect to their customers, along with the families and communities where these businesses are located. Business owners and citizens are reminded to lock vehicle doors to help prevent these crimes of opportunity.”

To allow for proper identification of items, the police are requesting the public document the make, model, and serial number of their tools, and to consider etching their initials on each item

“Together, the police strive to lower these crimes and the loss suffered,” the release said.

“We are actively investigating several occurrences and requesting if you have information on this or any other crime, that you contact the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522, or alternately you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).”

You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers.

If you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest or the recovery of stolen property or the seizure of illicit drugs, you could be eligible for a cash award.

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