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Police warn theft of personal items on the rise in Vancouver

DH Vancouver Staff Sep 23, 2014 9:20 am

The Vancouver Police Department is cautioning that the theft of personal items in the city is on the rise, and they are urging everyone to be vigilant when it comes to their belongings in public.

Cellphones, purses, wallets, and other personal items are prime targets for petty theft in Vancouver, and authorities warn those crimes of opportunity are happening more often here.

VPD spokesman Sgt. Randy Fincham told the Sun owners tend leave their personal items unattended in libraries, coffee shops, night clubs, mall food courts and parks.

Also on the uptick are bicycle thefts. They’re up by 11 per cent in 2013 and 13 per cent in 2014, versus the same time in the prior respective year, says the VPD.

The VPD is kicking off an anti-theft campaign, and will have details available soon:


In the meantime, keep your eyes on your stuff!

Featured image: Open purse/Shutterstock

DH Vancouver Staff
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