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,
Not much happening down in the College Heights area. They must have heard about our local vigilante group.
I read a police report a time ago that there was a correlation between theft increase and the start of another school semester. Got to pay those fees somehow.
Whats your take on this Hart Guy.
I live way up on the Hart, all quiet here! ;-)
I’ve already shown you how just how awful your Abbotsford ICBC stats are! So, how are your crime stats?
Retired 02, I took a moment to try to locate your Abby crime stats but the RCMP site only provided up to 2015.
What was more interesting is this news story out of Global News from July 20, 2016, just over one month ago!
“Abbotsford among top cities with highest crime increase”
WOW!! Here’s some of what the story has to tell:
“According to the report, B.C. saw in increase in the Crime Severity Index (CSI) of four per cent.
Violent crime in this province climbed by seven per cent, while reports of property crime went up by two per cent.
But two B.C. cities had some of the highest increases in their CSI for all of Canada in 2015.Victoria saw its CSI go up by 16 per cent, while Abbotsford’s went up by 14 per cent.”
One again Retired 02, WOW!
It looks like I better buy gas in Chilliwack and speed up when I pass through Abbotsford on route to Vancouver! Wouldn’t want to get shot or robbed or assaulted stopping in dear ol’ Abby!
Retired 02, I guess that you’ll probably need a drink after reading this article, so I’ll take this opportunity to say:
Retired 02, what, no reply?
Must have read the article and had a few drinks!
It seems to me that rather than 30,000 residents scribing numbers on their possessions to help trace and identify stolen items, it would be much more prudent for 30 judges to do their job in protecting law abiding citizens. Stealing to support a drug habit is no excuse and in my opinion it is not a disease but a choice. The RCMP spend many hours doing good work only to have our courts screw it up! It’s time for a change to our system if only deaf ears would listen.
ampm, in absence of the thumbs up feature I will give you “two thumbs up”
Finally police releasing useful information to the public, lets keep this trend going.
So the guy that “allegedly” killed 3 people with his cross bow was a convicted bank robber. He got:
” In January 2009, Ryan pleaded guilty to eight counts of robbery and eight counts of disguise with intent. He was sentenced to three years and nine months in jail.”
So what do you think the guy who steals does a B & E to buy drugs is going to get?
No wonder the cops can’t do any traffic enforcement with this kind of crap going on all the time.
I think they’ve got a point though. We have to do a better job of protecting our stuff, just don’t hurt anyone in the process of doing it, or for sure you’ll go to jail.
Now I’m beginning to understand the owning a pit-bull mentality. Don’t agree with it, but beginning to understand it.
Use as much force as necessary.
Hart Guy you have been drinking again . You need to move into town and get a reality check. Oh we don’t have RCMP in Abbotsford.
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