The Upper Fraser Valley RCMP are warning vehicle owners that thieves are now looking to steal things as simple as cleaning products, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Unsplash)

The Upper Fraser Valley RCMP are warning vehicle owners that thieves are now looking to steal things as simple as cleaning products, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Unsplash)

Disinfectant wipes and sanitizer being stolen out of cars in Fraser Valley

RCMP reminding vehicle owners to remove all valuables from cars, even cleaning supplies

Thieves really will steal anything, and in the past few weeks they’ve even added disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer to the list.

The Upper Fraser Valley RCMP report that “as the region practises safety during the global health crisis, thieves watch for the opportunity to steal,” Cpl. Mike Rail said Thursday.

“Most recently (they) have added disinfectant wipes as well as hand sanitizers to the list of items such as wallets, electronics, and purses reported stolen from vehicles to police.”

Since April is Auto Crime Enforcement Month, they are also reminding drivers to ‘T.H.I.N.K.’ of protecting property inside vehicles from thieves.

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“Our front line officers continue to conduct proactive patrols throughout the region,” says Rail. “Prevention of auto crime requires police and the public working together.”

The RCMP encourages vehicle owners to:

T – Take your valuables, or

H- Hide valuables out of plain sight

I – Immobilize your vehicle

N-Never idle unattended

K- Key Security (keep track of your keys)

For more tips to protect yourself from auto crime visit the RCMP online, IMPACT or ICBC.

RCMP remind everyone who witnesses anything they believe to be suspicious in nature to contact their local police agency or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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