Police are reminding residents to keep their vehicle doors locked, and valuables safely stowed out of sight after a series of thefts over the weekend.
Over a 24-hour period between Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, Whistler RCMP responded to seven files in the Alpine Meadows area where vehicles had been ransacked and items stolen, according to a release. In one report, the vehicle itself was stolen.
Police said the grey, 2015 Ford F150 pick-up truck with British Columbia license plate PL143T was taken between 8 p.m. on Saturday evening and 10 a.m. on Sunday morning.
The items stolen from the remaining vehicles, including money, electronics, sunglasses, wallets, credit cards and other small items, were all left in plain view, according to police.
"RCMP have identified that in all but one file the vehicle doors were left unlocked and in some cases the keys for the vehicles were also left inside," stated the release.
"While RCMP are working to identify the suspect in this rash of thefts, police are once again reminding the community that these crimes appear by all accounts to be crimes of opportunity."
To that end, police are urging residents to lock their doors and remove valuable items from their vehicles.
If you reside in the Alpine Meadows neighbourhood and have home security cameras or vehicle dash cam video, police ask that you review it during the evening hours of June 1 to June 2 and report anything suspicious you might see to police.
Police also caution anyone who sees the stolen vehicle not to approach it or any of the occupants and to instead call 911, Whistler RCMP at 604 932-3044 or Crimestoppers.
Whistler RCMP to host annual open house
Do you have plans this weekend?
The Whistler RCMP detachment is hosting its annual open house this Saturday, June 8, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Police vehicles, boats, ATV's and snowmobiles will be on display, while the RCMP's police dog service and emergency response team will also be present.
Mountain bike owners may want to pencil in a stop by the detachment, as 529 Garage will be on hand and set-up to offer free bike registrations.
Members will be out and about dressed in Red Serge and available for photos, while attendees can enjoy a free barbecue, with RCMP members accepting donations for Cops for Cancer.