Winnipeg police said thefts from motor vehicles are a concern in December with many people out shopping for the holidays.

Police said gifts “can make a tempting target for thieves.”

People should make sure to keep purchases out of sight and secure them in an area not visible from outside the vehicle, such as inside a trunk.

Personal electronics and GPS devices left in plain view are items commonly stolen from vehicles, said police.

Police advised people to:

  • Park in well-lit areas and lock your vehicle at all times  
  • Do not leave GPS devices attached to windshields or dashboards
  • Do not leave lap tops or other valuables inside your vehicle
  • When shopping, do not leave packages inside your car instead;
  • place them in the   trunk or out of sight

Anyone spotting suspicious activity in parking lots should contact community police immediately.