July 22, 2014 3:23 pm

Number of thefts from cars jumps significantly in Abbotsford

This map of Abbotsford shows the locations where vehicles have been targeted for theft.

Abbotsford Police Department handout

With a 19 per cent increase in thefts from cars since the beginning of the year, the Abbotsford Police Department are reminding people to lock their doors.

Thieves are targetting electronics, wallets, purses, identification, cash, registration documents, license plates and validation decals from cars. The increase translates to roughly 638 theft reports in just over six months, according to the APD.

The thefts appear to be happening in urban areas and well as parking lots of popular parks in Abbotsford.

Police say some owners are not helping the situation since many of the vehicles were left unlocked and eye-catching items were left in plain view for the thief.

To keep thieves at bay, Abbotsford police say it is important for people to lock their vehicles and keep their valuables with them.

If anyone witnesses suspicious activity in and around vehicles, they should report it to the APD immediately.

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