MILFORD: Leaving your vehicle or home unlocked, even if it’s in the relative safety of your own driveway, is an open invitation for a criminal.
That’s what East Hants RCMP are saying following a rash of vehicle thefts in populated subdivisions in the Lantz and Milford areas over the Nov. 27-30 weekend. There were also two instances where the thieves entered unlocked homes while people were home and removed valuables from near the entrances.
“The thefts took place from vehicles parked in owners' driveways,” said Sgt. Craig Burnett. “Most cars were unlocked, and many of them contained valuable items such as wallets and purses.”
RCMP wants to remind residents to keep their houses locked at night. They say even when you’re not home to also keep vehicles locked, even when parked in their own driveway; and to never leave valuables inside.
“The public must continue to do their part to reduce this type of crime,” said. Sgt. Burnett, with the Enfield detachment. “Police encourage owners to lock your doors and remove your valuables.”
He said often times unlocked vehicles are the prime target of thieves.
“If a would-be-thief finds an open vehicle, they'll rummage through and take anything of value,” he said. “If they come across a locked vehicle with valuable items left in plain sight, quite often they'll break in and take what they want.
“In many cases, the cost of damage to the vehicle exceeds the value of the stolen item.”
Sgt. Burnett said if you are the victim of any crime, police encourage you to contact them.
He also encouraged residents to call police if you see any of the following: suspicious vehicles; suspicious people; thefts including those from vehicles, your property or others; and any activity that you may determine is suspicious.
Citizens can call 911 for emergencies, and if it is a non-emergency please contact East Hants RCMP, Enfield detachment at...