October could be worst month for stolen vehicles

The number motor vehicle thefts has been increasing steadily this year and the vehicles are often being used in other property, according to police.

Thefts of vehicles being reported to the Prince George RCMP spiked in April of this year and have increased every month since, with the exception of July.  September tops the year so far with 31 stolen vehicles, but RCMP believe the worst is yet to come

Only 17 days into October and the Prince George detachment has received 19 reports of stolen vehicles.  At this rate, 15 more vehicles will be stolen in Prince George before the end on the month, eclipsing September’s numbers.

Investigators believe that many of the stolen vehicles are being used to commit other crimes, such as residential and commercial break and enters.  Vehicles are being stolen and recovered throughout the detachment area including rural and urban areas.

Although full size pickups are by far the most commonly stolen, a wide variety of other vehicles are being stolen too. 

The Prince George RCMP want to remind all vehicle owners to use an anti-theft device such as an immobilizer in your vehicle(s).  No one is immune to being a victim.  Lock your doors and utilize an anti-theft device.  Contact the Prince George RCMP’s Community Policing Section for advice on preventing auto theft.  They can be reached at 250-561-3366.

If you have any information about the theft of vehicles in the Prince George area, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca (English only).  You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers.  If you provide information that leads to an arrest or recovery of stolen property, you could be eligible for a cash reward.