Squamish RCMP are investigating after theft from a dozen vehicles at Lions Bay and Britannia Beach.
“These small communities are frequent targets of those looking for unlocked cars and valuables inside. Please lock your vehicles, and take items out at 9 pm,” said Squamish RCMP.
“We encourage all vehicle owners to take part in the 9 pm routine. It’s a simple and effective way to make sure you vehicle and belongings are safe and secure every night.”
The 9 pm routine encourages everyone to routinely check their vehicle each night by 9 pm, ensure that valuables are removed, that nothing is left in plain sight, and the vehicle is locked and secured.
The 9 pm routine is a social media initiative created by the Pasco Sheriff’s Office from Pasco County, Florida, to encourage residents to secure their valuables and lock their doors daily by 9 pm.
“Almost half of all vehicle break-ins are from unlocked vehicles with the overwhelming majority of them occurring after dark. By incorporating the 9 pm routine into your daily habits, communities can expect to see a significant drop in theft from vehicles,” police say.