Rash of thefts from vehicles in New West

A rash of thefts of small items from vehicles during the last two weeks has New Westminster police warning owners to be extra vigilant.

Police say the thefts have no discernible pattern or in high volume locations, but "investigators have noticed a large number of the vehicles had small, easy to conceal items, such as GPS units and iPods in plain view," said a news release. "These items are like magnets for autho thieves who can quickly enter a vehicle and easily transport these items to where they will be re-sold for small amounts of cash or traded for drugs."

The release said the forensic unit is analyzing evidence from the scenes of the theft while investigators track several suspects. Police said several arrests have been made but charges have yet to be approved by crown counsel,.

Police are suggesting vehicle owners park in well-lit areas near pedestrian traffic, remove possession from the vehicle, not to keep spare keys in the vehicle, keep the garage door opener out of sight, and wait for parkade garage doors and gates to close to prevent potential thieves slipping inside.

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