Victoria police have issued a warning after a jump in business break-ins during December and the first part of January.
As of Monday, there had been 28 business break-ins in Victoria and Esquimalt so far this month, up from 26 in all of December, police said. November had 16 and October had 18.
Since December, 75 per cent of business break-ins have taken place in downtown Victoria and the Burnside Gorge neighbourhood, police said.
The warning comes after at least five Fort Street businesses were broken into last week using a glass-removal method to gain entry that resembled other business break-ins this month.