Busy Month for Property Thefts
Map at left shows areas of theft from vehicles, while one on right shows break and enters – images courtesy Prince George RCMP
Prince George, B.C. – As is the case every year, there is an increase in the number of break and enters and thefts from vehicles during the warmer months, but Prince George RCMP say August has been particularly busy.
From August 1st to the morning of August 26th, 2016, Prince George RCMP have received reports of 57 confirmed Break & Enters and 75 confirmed Thefts from Vehicles.
RCMP say the spike in these crimes rarely decline, as the thieves go undetected by the public or the public does not report suspicious activity they may see. In almost all cases, these property crimes are reported after the fact, maybe hours or days later. It is impossible for the police to be everywhere at all times. Police need the public to report criminal or suspicious activity as soon as possible.
Once again, PGRCMP have put out the call to the public to take some steps to protect their property .
- Record serial numbers or engrave your driver’s licence number on valuables;
- Take pictures of property and store the files on a disk;
- Report suspicious activity at all hours of the day;
- Get to know your neighbours and keep an eye on their property;
- Use security systems, cameras and other deterrents;
- Keep your doors locked, even if you are in the back yard;
- Close and lock your windows each time you leave your home, even in hot weather;
- Register your bicycles on the ‘529 Garage’ on-line program;
- Lock your vehicle doors and use an anti-theft device;
- When possible, do not leave valuables in your vehicle. If you must, leave them out of sight;
- Never leave your wallet, purse, identification or keys in a vehicle.
Police say they are confident that if the precautionary measures were take, the number of property crimes would start to fall and officers could spend more time targeting those persons who cause Prince George residents the most harm.
If you have any information on who may be responsible for this rash of property crimes, you are asked to contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477,