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Rash of thefts from cars prompts RCMP warning

Richmond Mounties are warning the public to avoid leaving valuables inside their cars after a rash of thefts.

Richmond RCMP Cpl. Stephanie Ashton said there's been a noticeable spike in thefts of electronic devices from cars.

"You shouldn't leaving anything in your car, especially computers, cell phones and personal identification," she said.

Police have stepped up patrols in trouble areas, while crime prevention volunteers have been putting notices on cars where they see items inside.

"Take a minute to pick up your stuff, because thieves only need seconds to smash your window if you don't," she said.

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