It looks like auto theft has substantially increased in Vancouver.
The Vancouver Police Department’s (VPD) monthly crime report shows that as of Sept. 1., vehicle theft is up 42 per cent over the same time last year.
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“We believe drug addiction and chronic offenders continue to play a big role in these numbers,” VPD Const. Jason Doucette told Global News, Thursday.
“There are typically a relatively small number of people committing the majority of the offences.”
For those curious about crimes in their area, the VPD offers an interactive tool that is used for tracking crime.
To help your chances of avoiding your car being broken into, police say to make your vehicle less desirable to would-be thieves. Lock your items in your trunk and don’t leave them visible. Police also advise that if thieves can see it, they’ll steal it, regardless of value.