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:
“Who’s watching it when you’re not?” Press conference at 10:30 am to introduce anti-theft campaign at #VPD Property Office, 2010 Glen Dr.
— Vancouver Police (@VancouverPD) September 23, 2014
In the meantime, keep your eyes on your stuff!
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