Theives are out shopping, too

The busiest shopping days of the year are upon us, prompting Surrey RCMP to offer anti-theft tips for Christmas shoppers.

The busiest shopping days of the year are upon us, prompting Surrey RCMP to offer anti-theft tips for Christmas shoppers.

Car thieves are also out looking for gifts, so don’t let them ruin your holiday season, too, writes Carrie Chattell, Crime Prevention Programs coordinator at the Cloverdale/Port Kells community police office, in thelatest Business Link newsletter.

Here are a few ways to prevent your vehicle or its contents – your parcels and packages – from being stolen:

•  RCMP recommend at least one anti-theft device, particularly a passive immobilizer. They deter thieves because they don’t want to waste time or energy trying to remove them. They also work as a visual deterrent.

•  Don’t leave anything inside your vehicle. Take your possessions with you or leave them at home, otherwise lock them in the trunk, out of sight – something that should be done before you travel to your next destination. “Thieves are watching,” Chattell writes. “Putting items in your trunk after you get to your shopping destination may draw attention to a thief.”

• Don’t leave a spare key in your vehicle.

• Park in well-lit areas, and avoid parking behind fences or hedges.

Finally, if you see any suspicious person or activity near a vehicle, call the Surrey RCMP non-emergency line at 604-599-0502. If you witness a crime in progress, call 9-1-1.

Just Posted

Surrey mayor appoints his Safe Surrey Coalition to police transition committee

McCallum dissolved the city’s public safety committee last week in favour of the new committee

Surrey council approves modular housing projects for homeless after lengthy hearing

Vote comes after three-hour-long public hearing over supportive housing projects in Whalley, Guildford

Rollover crash in South Surrey

One person airlifted following incident near 40 Avenue and 160 Street

Annual waterfront border-collie jamboree cancelled following concerns

Restoring water quality in Boundary Bay will require sacrifice: LCWS

‘You don’t want to miss’ the fresh fruit, vegetables at upcoming Cloverdale Market Days

First-of-the-season corn, microgreens, honey, freshly baked goods and much more

VIDEO: Young couple found dead in northern B.C. had been shot, police say

Chynna Noelle Deese of the U.S. and Lucas Robertson Fowler of Australia were found along Highway 97

VIDEO: Man found dead near B.C. teens’ truck could be linked to a double homicide

RCMP said they are looking for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, of Port Alberni

Family of missing B.C. senior with dementia frustrated with situation, heartened by community support

Nine days since Grace was last seen the question remains: ‘How can an 86-year-old just disappear?’

Okanagan Air Cadet challenges gender-exclusive haircut policy

Haircut regulation inspires challenge around gender identity

Hazmat incident closes down Lower Mainland street

One person is believed to be dead, police said

Latest plan is to fly trapped fish by helicopter over Big Bar slide

Multi-pronged plan set in motion to freesalmon blocked by landslide in the Fraser River

Unsealed record suggests U.S. man convicted of murdering Vancouver Island couple left DNA on zip tie in 1987

William Talbott is set to be sentenced Wednesday in the murders of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg

Pride flags stolen from Lower Mainland church

Went missing sometime Friday night, says Maple Ridge reverend

25 new wheelchair-accessible cabins open at Cultus Lake Provincial Park

Maple Bay Campground is now home to 25 new wheelchair friendly cabins, a first for BC Parks

Most Read