The Sunshine Coast continues to experience a spike in crimes involving thefts and breaking and entering.

Staff Sergeant Poppy Hallam of the Sechelt RCMP says there has been a spike in the number of commercial enterprises that have been hit by thefts.

Hallam says many of the break-ins at commercial enterprises appear to be targeted.

Staff Sergeant Hallam says the increase in these crimes began in the middle of summer and has continued into September.

Hallam says such property crimes are usually driven by a need among drug users to get cash for drugs.

She says businesses should make sure they have security systems that alert authorities to a crime in progress and surveillance cameras to help the investigation.

Hallam is also urging the public to call 9-1-1 if they see what appears to be suspicious activity.