Don't let burglars sneak in to your parkade

North Vancouver

2022-02-28 13:33 PST

As Spring approaches and the weather improves, we're taking this opportunity to remind the public to watch for one common method thieves use to get into apartment parkades.

"It's not uncommon for a thief to wait outside a parkade until someone enters or exits, and then uses the opportunity to quickly enter while the garage door is still up," said Sgt. Peter DeVries of the north Vancouver RCMP. "Be vigilant. Notice who may be lingering outside your building parkade. And always wait until the door fully closes before continuing on your way. And if you see anything suspicious, call 9-1-1."

Thieves often enter parkades with the intent of committing thefts from vehicles. The relatively secluded location is well hidden from view, said DeVries, while offering a large number of target vehicles in one place.

"It's also a common method used by thieves to access storage units where they tend to steal bicycles and other valuables from storage areas commonly located within parkade areas," said DeVries. DeVries advises residents to check on their belongings at least once per month.

collage of photos showing bike thefts from parkades

(RCMP file photo - click here for higher resolution image)

According to statistics gathered by ICBC, the following items are the most popular of those stolen from inside vehicles:

Don’t give thieves the chance:

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Sgt. Peter DeVries

Media Relations Officer
North Vancouver RCMP
nvan.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
147 East 14th St, North Van., BC, V7L 2N4
Office: 604-969-7561
Cell: 604-363-5584
Fax: 604-969-7587

Email: peter.devries@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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