Chilliwack – RCMP are reminding automobile owners to remove remote control garage door openers and valuables from inside of your vehicle when locking up for the night. The reminder comes after garage door remote controls were used by thieves to commit three break and enters into homes.
On the morning of November 10, 2016 homeowners in the 10000-block of Williams Road, the 50000-block of Ledgestone Place and the 50000-block of Adelaide Place called the RCMP to report their vehicles – parked in the driveway- and homes had been broken into overnight.
“We believe suspects used remote controlled garage door openers, left in the vehicles overnight, to gain access into the garages. In one instance, individual(s) entered the home, stole the keys to the family vehicle, then stole the vehicle,” said Constable Lorelei Jeffery of the Chilliwack RCMP.
General Duty officers supported by the RCMP Lower Mainland Integrated Forensic Identification Section continue to pursue all investigational avenues into the break and enters. Investigators have not determined if the incidents are related.
“By practising some simple prevention techniques citizens can reduce the opportunity for criminals to commit their crime in our community,” says Corporal Mike Rail, spokesperson for the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment.
Some prevention tips to protect your property from theft include;
- *Always lock the doors when leaving your vehicle.
- *Do not leave valuables in your vehicle overnight.
- *Do not leave loose change inside of your vehicle.
- *An alarm is an effective deterrent.
- *Do not leave remote controlled garage door openers in your vehicle overnight.
Anyone with any information regarding the break and enters or, witnesses anything they believe to be suspicious in nature is urged to contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or, should you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).