EDITORIAL: Locked doors a no-brainer

It would appear that more than few Nanaimo residents subscribe to the theory that thieves are going to break into their motor vehicles no matter what, so why not leave it unlocked and avoid a broken window or damaged lock and an increase in insurance premiums.

But the fact is thieves intent on getting into a vehicle are more likely to smash first rather than try the door handle, so an unlocked car is no guarantee they will be respectful to property while committing a crime.

Nanaimo has seen a rise in thefts from vehicles in the last eight weeks with 375 incidents from Oct. 1 to Feb. 4.

And with 50 per cent of those break-ins involving unlocked cars, one can’t blame the Mounties for feeling like they are banging their heads against a brick wall trying to get the message out about crime prevention.

Locking your car is only the first step in preventing theft from vehicles. The other is to not leave valuables in your car when you park and walk away from it.

Simply stuffing a cellphone, GPS unit or garage door opener under the seat or in the glove compartment isn’t enough. You have to remove the temptation completely.

Loose change or the soon-to-be obsolete CDs may not appear to be valuable to some, but to a thief battling a drug addiction, they represent a lower cost for his next fix.

The hassle of removing tempting items from your car will seem pretty insignificant if you come back to a parkade and find your driver’s side window smashed. Or even worse, the car stolen.

Thieves work on opportunity and convenience and don’t like to waste valuable time for no return.

Any reason – such as a locked door – that makes them move on is a no-brainer.

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