Rural property crime increasing

Prince George

2022-01-10 12:34 PST

The Prince George RCMP is cautioning those with rural properties to keep an eye on their outbuildings and equipment this winter.

Since October 2021, the Prince George RCMP has seen a 22% increase in rural property crime, particularly in the area north of Chief Lake Road, and is urging those with rural properties to be vigilant this winter. Rural properties can be a tempting target for thieves as the lack of close neighbours, setback houses and tree-lined properties make it easier to commit a crime without attracting attention. Additionally, those homes and properties that get used seasonally means a would-be thief is less likely to be interrupted during the off-season months.

Photo of rural Prince George, courtesy of Chuck Chin 

We are asking that those people living in rural settings keep an eye out for one another’s properties and contact police if you see anyone or anything suspicious. If you have a gate at your driveway, consider keeping it closed and locked, even when you are at home, to help deter thieves from entering your driveway. Also, make sure any doors and windows on your outbuildings are securely locked, states Cpl. Jennifer Cooper, Media Relations Officer for the Prince George RCMP.

Some other suggestions from our Community Policing Section are:

Go to our Rural Crime Watch page to learn more about setting up a Crime Watch in your neighbourhood!

If you have any information about this or any other criminal offence, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or online at www.northernbccrimestoppers.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.
 

Released by

Cpl. Jennifer Cooper

Communications NCO / Media Relations Officer
Prince George RCMP
princegeorge.rcmp.ca
455 Victoria Street, Prince George, BC, V2L 0B7
Office: 250-561-3321
Cell: 250-613-3532

Email: pg_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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