Halifax Regional Police are warning citizens after a rash of thefts from motor vehicles in the Halifax area.
Our crime analysts have noted an increase in thefts from motor vehicles in the Clayton Park, Kearney Lake, Bedford and Spryfield areas. Since November 3, police have received 15 reports of items stolen from inside unattended vehicles in these areas. In most cases, attractive objects were left in plain sight, and vehicles were left unlocked. In a some cases vehicle windows were broken. Most happened in the evening hours.
Thefts from vehicles are usually crimes of opportunity. Visible items tempt would-be thieves. Citizens should remove all items from their vehicles (e.g. global positioning systems (GPS), satellite radios, cell phone chargers or other equipment that appears valuable). If it is absolutely necessary to leave items in a vehicle, they should be locked in the trunk out of plain sight before arriving at your destination.
Patrol and Community Response Officers as well as the Quick Response Unit will be focussing efforts in these areas.
Citizens who have had items stolen from their vehicles are asked to report by calling 902-490-5016 or online at https://www.halifax.ca/fire-police/police/reporting-crime/online-crime-reporting
Citizens are encouraged to call police at 902-490-5020 if they observe any suspicious activity in or around parked vehicles. Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at https://crimestoppers.ns.ca/.
Anyone with information on this or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text TIP202 + your message to ‘CRIMES’ (274637) or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash reward from $50-$2000