It takes just a matter of seconds for an experienced thief to steal a package from a car.
And, with holiday shopping underway, Port Moody police (PMPD) are warning people to take extra care.
So far this month there have been 10 reports of theft from autos, said PMPD spokesperson Const. Sam Zacharias in an email to the Tri-City News.
Some of the thefts have resulted in smashed windows, while others may have happened because the vehicle was unlocked.
PMPD is currently investigating each case and is asking people to take steps to avoid being ripped off this holiday season.
In a video posted to the PMPD Twitter page, Zacharias urges people to take their packages with them when they leave their car.
"This time of year we often see increases in theft from auto as people may be more inclined to leave valuables inside of their vehicles — often in between shopping trips and some times overnight," stated Zacharias.
"We strongly encourage everyone to secure their vehicles and ensure no valuables are left in plain sight. Even spare change or sunglasses may catch the eye of a thief."
Locked or unlocked… never leave valuables inside your vehicle. It only takes seconds for thieves to gain entry and it’s not always as obvious as a smashed window.— Port Moody Police (@PortMoodyPD) November 27, 2021
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