Property Crimes Spike in P.G.
From January 1st to February 19th, the Prince George RCMP have received 661 reports of property crimes compared to 503 during the same period last year, that’s an increase of 30%.
During this period, there were 88 thefts from vehicles reported, compared to 76 in the same period last year with Police saying the Heritage and Downtown being hit particularly hard. RCMP say vehicles in commercial parking lots are also being targeted.
Police are pleading with the public to lock vehicle doors and NEVER leave valuables including purses and wallets in a vehicle. In some cases, licence plates or validation decals are being stolen.
“Like many other communities, there are people that walk residential streets late at night or early in the morning, checking every car door to see if it is unlocked” says Cpl. Craig Douglass, spokesperson for the Prince George RCMP. “Residents that leave valuables in their vehicles and their doors unlocked are fueling this property crime trend. We need to all do our part to eliminate this crime. Don’t be a victim. Remove valuables, lock doors and report suspicious activity to police.”
Police are also finding a spike in Break & Enters to Businesses in Prince George. Between January 1st and February 19th, RCMP have received 32 such reports, more than double the 15 such reports received in the same period a year ago. Doors are being pried open or entry is gained through other openings in the businesses. Gated compounds are being targeted as well. RCMP are asking that business owners take the necessary steps to ensure there is adequate security in place.