March 30, 2012 · 5:16 PM

Lock your vehicles.

Salmon Arm RCMP are reminding residents that thieves are taking advantage of unlocked vehicles.

Friday morning, police fielded a number of calls regarding thefts that had occurred overnight, many of them in the downtown area around 11th Street SE. Various items were taken, police report. One of the vehicles entered still had the keys in the ignition.

"Cpl. Werrell would like to point out that this is a preventable crime which simply requires that a person lock their vehicle at night," stated a police news release issued Friday afternoon. "The suspect(s) which is responsible is likely not a hardened criminal but a youth(s) looking for easily attainable items. It is important to point out that no vehicles were entered by force and that every vehicle which was entered was unlocked and the items inside were free for the taking. Leaving a vehicle unlocked with the keys in the ignition or expensive electronic devices such as cellphones or MP3 players sitting on the dash in plain site is an invitation to criminals, and you are simply asking for these items to be taken."