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All Valuables Removed

Thefts from vehicles are a problem in Brandon and many other Canadian cities. In the last year, Brandon Police Service received over 370 reports of thefts from vehicles across the city. Approximately 40-50% of these thefts are believed to be a result of an unlocked door.

Thefts from vehicles are difficult for police to investigate because they happen quickly and the stolen items are difficult to trace. Often the theft occurs at night so the incident is not reported until the next morning, by which time the suspect is long gone.

Vehicle break-ins are often crimes of opportunity that can be prevented by taking some simple steps to deter would-be thieves.

Remove all valuables from your vehicle. NEVER store your house keys, vehicle keys, or automatic garage opener in your vehicle – it gives the thieves easy access to your home and your vehicle on a later date. More than 80% of vehicles stolen this year in Brandon were stolen using the keys! It is also a good idea to remove your vehicle registration and other personal documents that can provide thieves with information about your identity and your residence. If you cannot remove all of your valuables make sure you don’t leave anything on display when you leave your vehicle. Change, cigarettes, sunglasses, cell phones, GPS devices, cameras and clothing are some of the items commonly stolen from vehicles. Storing items out of sight (for example in the trunk) is always a good idea, but thieves often search the console and use the switch inside the vehicle to gain access to the trunk. It is better to avoid storing any items unnecessarily in your vehicle. Park safely. When parking at home, use your garage if you have one, and lock both your vehicle and your garage. If you don’t have a garage, try to park in a well-lit, populated area where you or other people can easily see your car. Consider investing in motion sensor lighting. Always lock your doors and close all windows. Many thefts from vehicles stem from ‘carhopping’ where thieves try door handles looking for open vehicles. Get an alarm installed. Alarms can deter thieves not only from stealing items from your vehicle, but also from stealing your vehicle. Even if you have an alarm installed NEVER leave anything in your vehicle. Thieves can smash a window, reach in and grab an item and be gone in seconds. Tell would-be thieves that you’re one step ahead! Visit Brandon Police Service to pick up an “All Valuables Removed” placard for your vehicle.

If you see or have been a victim of theft or witness suspicious activity, please report it IMMEDIATELY to police. Reporting provides vital information that can be used to assign officers and resources more efficiently and track patterns of criminal behaviour.

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