Thieves using car antennas to break in

Rash of thefts from autos in Saanich involve prying off antennas, using metal as break-in tool

Thieves in Saanich are prying antennas off vehicles and using the metal to try and unlock the car’s doors.

“I’ve personally never heard of thieves doing something like that,” said Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen.

Eighteen vehicles were entered between May 3 and June 1 in the 4200-block of Carey Rd. and the surrounding area. In all instances, items – from money and jewelry to cellphones and GPS units – were taken.

On three occasions, police noted that the antenna from the target vehicle had been removed.

Jantzen said the thieves fashion the antenna into a tool, which is then slid between the window and door frame in an attempt to trip the locking mechanism.

“This takes far more effort than smashing windows. This individual is apparently quite keen to enter with as minimal noise as possible,” he said.

In only one of the 18 reported auto break-ins was a window smashed to gain entry.

“We will typically find there is one individual or a small group of people who live nearby who is responsible for all of these,” Jantzen said.

Police remind vehicle owners not to leave valuables inside. Business owners are advised to take heed of the advice, too, as some of the thefts were from commercial vehicles.

Anyone with information on any of these incidents is asked to call 250-475-4321.

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