‘Opportunistic offenders’ target unlocked cars in Nelson

Nelson police say thieves are targeting unlocked vehicle around Nelson and taking small, easy -to-move items and change.

Nelson police say thieves are targeting unlocked vehicle around Nelson and taking small, easy-to-move items and change. One vehicle was stolen when the thieves found a spare key inside, according to Sgt. Paul Bayes.

These “opportunistic offenders” look for easy targets like vehicles with valuables left in the open or vehicles that have been left unlocked, he said.

“Always close the windows and sunroof and lock the doors before leaving the vehicle, even for a minute,” Bayes said. “Even if you don’t have anything valuable in your car ,a locked door and rolled up window will discourage thieves looking for an easy target.

“If you have to keep coins in your car for the parking meters, keep it in an out-of-sight compartment. Don’t leave your valet key, spare key or house keys inside the vehicle.”