Weekly Media Release Feb. 25 – Mar. 3, 2019

Over the past week the Oak Bay Police responded to nine theft from vehicle incidents. The majority of vehicles were unlocked. The following items were stolen

  • loose change from several vehicles
  • black Under Armour rugby cleats
  • sunglasses (make unknown)

These thefts occurred in the 3000 blk Lansdowne Road, 1100 blk  Victoria Avenue, 2000 blk Carrick Street, 2100 blk Newton Street, 500 blk Beach Drive, 3200 blk Beach Drive, 2400 blk Cadboro Bay Road, 2100 Sutherland Road & 700 blk Falkland Road.

On March 1, the Oak Bay Police received a report of a bicycle theft from a rear of a business located in the 2200 block of Oak Bay Avenue. The suspect stole an 18 spd, small Norco men’s bicycle.

On March 1, the police attended a residence in the 2600 block of Burdick Street where a deer impaled itself on an aluminum fence post. The deer was dispatched and removed from the scene.

The police remind residents to lock their vehicles and remove items of value and secure them in a proper place.

Most stolen items from vehicles:

  1. Smartphones
  2. Personal electronics-tablets, laptops, iPods GPS
  3. Work tools
  4. Credit cards and identification
  5. Stereo equipment
  6. Cash and change
  7. Car parts and accessories
  8. Garage door openers
  9. Sunglasses
  10. Keys

Some additional tips to consider:

What you can do:

Don’t give the thieves a chance:

  • Treat your keys like cash. Never leave your keys unguarded, such as at the gym or at the office.
  • Park in secure, well-lit areas. Always lock your doors and close the windows, even if you’re only away from your vehicle for a few minutes. When possible, try to park in areas near pedestrian traffic.
  • Remove valuables from your vehicle. Shopping bags, tools, spare change, electronics, and brief cases can all tempt a thief. If it can be stolen, put it in the trunk.
  • Wait for garage door gates to close behind you.  Don’t give thieves a chance to sneak in to a parkade.
  • Keep your garage door opener out of sight. Store your garage door remote in a glove box or other concealed place, or take it with you.
  • Use an electronic engine immobilizer or steering wheel lock. Additional anti-theft devices can help secure your vehicle, particularly if it was manufactured before 2007. 
  • Don’t store a spare key in your vehicle. Keep your spare key or valet at home or on your person.

Use anti-theft devices:

  • Electronic immobilizers are anti-theft devices that cut off power to a vehicle’s fuel, starter, or ignition system when not in use. If your vehicle is equipped witha passive electronic immobilizer, you may be eligible for discounts and savings.
  • Vehicle alarms will draw attention to would-be thieves with sirens, beeps and other loud noises. Some systems will also trigger flashing lights.
  • Steering wheel locks are good vi​sual deterrents. However, they may not be enough protection if your vehicle has a moderate to high risk of being stolen.

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