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Thefts from cars on the rise in Delta
Delta Police are reminding residents to remove all valuables from their vehicles following a dramatic spike in thefts from autos.
From March 20 to 29 there were 22 reported thefts from autos in Delta, the same number that would normally be reported in an entire month.
Ninety-five per cent of those thefts were from unlocked cars.
Const. Shane Parker said most of the thefts have occurred between 1 and 6 a.m. in the English Bluff and Stahaken areas.
“These are all crimes of opportunity. They’re simply walking by, trying the door handles and then when they get inside they’re looking through and finding stuff,” he said.
The most commonly stolen items are wallets, purses, GPS devices, “things that are quickly pawned for cash.”
Police have arrested one young offender who will be charged, Parker said.