More than two dozen residents of a Langford neighbourhood bordered by Sooke, Walfred and Happy Valley roads awoke Monday morning to find their vehicles had been broken into overnight.
West Shore RCMP reported that at least 25 vehicles were targeted, with many of them rummaged through having been left unlocked.
Among the property stolen from the vehicles were various personal belongings, including jewelry and cash. In one instance, a wallet containing more than $100 in cash was taken.
“These are crimes of opportunity that are easily avoidable,” says detachment spokesperson Const. Alex Berube. “Those criminals are looking for easy targets.”
The Island District RCMP’s forensic identification section was called in to help out with the investigation.
West Shore RCMP reminds the public that leaving vehicle doors unlocked tends to attract thieves. The consequences can be far worse when those thieves find victim’s personal information, such as a driver’s licence, credit cards or any other documents which can lead to identity theft or fraud.
Berube pointed out that criminals can use stolen personal or financial information to access your bank account, open new accounts, make purchases, transfer bank balances or otherwise hide their criminal activities etc.
Anyone with any information on the thefts in the above neighbourhood is asked to call West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).