(CMR) Police are investigating several vehicle-related crimes in recent weeks, including thefts of vehicles and thefts of items from vehicles, particularly in the Bodden Town and George Town districts. Commonly stolen items continue to include tools, electronics, and money.
According to the RCIPS, many incidents are opportunistic, where thieves have taken advantage of access to unlocked vehicles. As such, police are again reminding the public how to keep their vehicle and possessions safe and avoid being a target of vehicle-related crime:
1. As a general rule, don’t leave valuable items in your vehicles.
2. Don’t leave your vehicle running or your keys in the vehicle, even if you are only leaving your vehicle briefly.
3. If you have to store items in your vehicles, ensure they are not visible when your car is unattended.
4. Always secure windows and lock the doors of vehicles when they are unattended – especially overnight.
5. Park vehicles in well-lit areas and, if possible, in places with security cameras or security officers on sight.
Taking the below proactive steps will assist you if you ever become a victim of theft or other vehicle-related crime:
6. Where possible, record serial numbers and keep photos of your valuables so that they can be identified more easily if a theft does occur and for insurance purposes.
7. Activate any tracking features included on your devices (such as “Find My” on Apple devices), as this will assist in locating them if any theft does occur.
The RCIPS is investigating these incidents and is encouraging all members of the public to report any such incidents to the police, by contacting 9-1-1, or your nearest police station