Theft from Vehicles Continues
Prince George, B.C.- RCMP in Prince George say the rate of theft from vehicles in the city remains high.
Theft from Vehicle rates are up 36% (303 to 412) from January 1st to June 4th over the same period last year.
Police are once again warning the public to keep vehicle doors locked as property crime rates remain high in the community.
A surveillance video ( shown above) captured recently in the City of Prince George clearly shows that unlocked doors are easy targets and locked doors prevent thefts. The video also shows that thieves don’t always look like we expect them too.
In the video, the clean cut male suspect walks up to the first vehicle, an unlocked car, and opens the door. He looks around and then enters the car. He spends a minute in the vehicle with a flashlight before he gently shuts the door and moves on to the next vehicle. The suspect then tries the door on the truck, only to find it locked, so he moves on to the next vehicle on the street. This suspect has not yet been identified.
Although this incident occurred on Trent Drive in Lower College Heights, this type of theft is happening throughout Prince George.
Police are pleading with the public to lock vehicle doors and NEVER leave valuables including purses and wallets in your vehicle. Failing to do this fuels these crimes.
Police encourage the public to report suspicious persons, vehicles and activities when they see it. Checking into suspicious incidents is part of our duties and not a waste of our time. Please call police right away.
For tips on theft prevention, please go to the Safety Tips section of our website at www.princegeorge.rcmp.ca.