The Prince George RCMP are asking vehicle owners to take extra precautions when it comes to securing your vehicles.
From June 16-29, there were 51 reported theft from vehicles in the Prince George area. These offences are taking place at all hours of the day and night, in all areas throughout Prince George.
The good news is, this is actually down 32 per cent from the previous two-week period where 75 were reported. This drop can be attributed in part to the arrest and subsequent jailing of some persons known to steal from vehicles, say police. The bad news is, others known to commit these crimes will be released from custody soon and police expect that number to once again increase.
“Every week many property offenders are arrested, others are convicted, while others complete their sentence and are released from custody,” said Cpl. Craig Douglass, spokesperson for the Prince George RCMP. “There is never a good time to leave items in your vehicles and never a good time to leave your vehicle doors unlocked.”
As part of our strategic initiatives, the Prince George RCMP target priority and prolific offenders, as well as other people known to be involved in property crime. Investigators are continually looking for information from the public about property related crimes and persons responsible. Providing information to the police, either directly or through the Prince George Crime Stopper program, will help investigators and our community partners locate, arrest and prosecute persons responsible for these crimes.
In most instances the vehicles that had items stolen from were left unlocked and items of value were left in plain view. Ensuring your vehicles are locked and valuables are removed or out of sight will dramatically decrease or even eliminate the chance of being a victim of this crime. Items stolen include electronic devices, loose change, wallets, purses, drivers licences, sunglasses, gift cards, clothing and tools. From laptops to loose change nothing should be left in your vehicle. In a recent case, the door to one vehicle was pried open to steal loose change in the ash tray.
For tips on theft prevention, please go to the Safety Tips section of our website at www.princegeorge.rcmp.ca.
Police also 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. A delay in reporting can often decrease the chance of an arrest and possible conviction.
If you have any information about property crimes or the persons responsible, 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.