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437 reports of theft from vehicles so far this year in Waterloo region

Police say so far this year, there have been 437 cases of theft from vehicles. In all of 2019, there were 3,476 reports.

Unlocked vehicles give 'thieves easy access' to items, police say

Police are reminding drivers to lock their vehicles after receiving more than 430 reports of thefts from vehicles so far this year. (Mardy Derby/CBC)

Lock your vehicles, police are reminding residents of Waterloo region, after receiving 437 reports of thefts from vehicles so far this year.

In all of 2019, there were 3,476 reports of thefts from vehicles and they came from various areas including driveways, parking lots and parking garages.

Police say theft from vehicles is often a crime of opportunity after someone leaves their car or truck unlocked.

This gives "thieves easy access to their belongings," police said in a release. "In other instances, owners had left valuables in plain sight, enticing thieves to force their way into the vehicle and steal property."

Some thieves also look for ID like a driver's license, passport or birth certificate, which can be used in identity fraud, police said.

Police are also asking people who have items stolen from their vehicles not to brush it off.

"If someone has entered your vehicle and has stolen your property, please file a police report immediately. This will assist us in tracking patterns of criminal behaviour and potentially identify suspects," police said.

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