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Richmond RCMP issue warning after thieves break into 169 cars in a month

Police say scores of vehicles have been broken into in Richmond over the last month.
Police say scores of vehicles have been broken into in Richmond over the last month. Rudy Pawlychyn/Global News

If you’re parking your car in Richmond, make sure you don’t leave anything in it.

That’s the message from Richmond RCMP after a rash of vehicle break-ins. The detachment said it recorded at least 169 incidents of thefts from vehicles in just one month.

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Police said the most commonly targeted items included purses, bags, backpacks and their contents.

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“It only takes a moment to break into a vehicle. Thieves are attracted to these areas because of opportunity,” said Richmond RCMP Cpl. Dennis Hwang.

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“We are asking people to help by removing that opportunity. If there is nothing to see, there is nothing to steal.”

Police said the most aggressively targeted areas include Aberdeen Mall, President’s Plaza and a variety of locations along Alexandra Road.