Pictou District RCMP are reminding residents of the Town of Pictou and Municipality of Pictou County to lock their vehicles following a number of recent thefts.
Since January, RCMP have received almost 40 complaints of vehicles being broken into and items removed. In many cases car doors were left unlocked making it easy for criminals to access valuables.
Most of the thefts occur overnight and items stolen have included loose change, wallets, Ipods and Ipod chargers, watches, sunglasses, binoculars and flashlights. RCMP ask citizens to lock doors and remove all valuables when the vehicle is left unattended. This includes any gear associated with electronics like GPS holders or cell phone chargers.
If left in plain sight, these can serve as indicators that the vehicle may contain electronic equipment or other valuables.
The use of motion activated lights near a parked vehicle is also an effective means of deterrence.
Police are asking anyone who witnesses suspicious activity to contact any RCMP office or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS ( 8477 ), texting TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca . Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash reward from $50 - $2000.