Police Raise Red Flag About Property Crime
Prince George, B.C. – The Prince George RCMP has highlighted several trends as it relates to property crime in this city.
Corporal Craig Douglass says the crime trends started in October and though statistics aren’t available, are similar in number to crimes committed in October 2015:
- Commercial Break & Enters: Businesses in the bowl and industrial areas of the city are being primarily targeted. Fenced compounds are also being targeted for tools, equipment, ‘dirt bike’ motorcycles, copper wire, vehicle batteries and skid steer tractors.
- Residential Break & Enters: Have been mostly occurring throughout the bowl area, but also in the surrounding neighbourhoods of College Heights, Cranbrook Hill and the Hart.
- Auto Theft: Recently, Douglass says thieves have been targeting Chevrolet and GMC pick-up trucks. He says there were several thefts or attempted thefts last month and recommends utilizing an anti-theft device to protect your vehicle.
- Theft from vehicles: Thieves are targeting anything left in unlocked vehicles including everything from loose change to laptops. He says to remove items from your vehicles and ensure they are locked as a preventative measure.
Douglass says as part of the RCMP’s strategic initiatives, Mounties target priority and prolific offenders as well as others believed to be involved in property crime.
Thus, he says investigators are always looking for information from the public noting it helps them locate, arrest, and prosecute those persons responsible for these crimes.
If you have any information you are asked to call police at 250-561-3300 or if you wish to remain anonymous Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Douglass says the RCMP will also be utilizing its Citizens on Patrol volunteers to check unoccupied vehicles and provide crime prevention notifications. He says these notifications will be left on vehicles and will highlight security deficiencies and compliments.