People in Regina not locking their doors, letting thefts happen
Thieves continue to get the better of people and steal things from their vehicles, and the Regina Police Service says it's because people aren't locking their doors.
It could be anything from a wallet, to a camera, to an ipod, or something as small as a CD, but the Regina Police Service is reminding people to take care of the valuables in their cars.
“At any given time in this city we are responding to or investigating incidents of theft from motor vehicles.
And so much of it is preventable,” said Elizabeth Popowich, a spokesperson for the Service.
There were 57 thefts from vehicles reporting during the week of Jul 4 alone.
Popowich didn’t want to say it's frustrating but...
“I guess it’s frustrating when you think that people could quite easily prevent those thefts if they would simply remove valuables from plain sight and then lock the vehicle.”
A common tactic for thieves is to walk up and down residential streets and just try door handles on cars to find ones that are unlocked. When they do find one they’ll rummage around and steal whatever is handy.
And the consequences can be worse than a few missing CDs if things like spare keys and garage door openers are left in vehicles.
“You can see how that may lead to a theft of a vehicle, perhaps someone getting into your garage, breaking into your home from there. It could lead to a number of other offenses,” said Popowich.
So Popowich is urging everyone to treat their valuables as though they are valuable and remove them from vehicles, and then make sure to lock those vehicles.
Edited by CJME's Lisa Schick.