April is Auto Crime Enforcement Month
2022-04-19 11:50 PDT
April is Auto Crime Enforcement Month and Prince George RCMP has a few tips to help you keep your vehicles and belongings safe.
Prince George has recently seen a decrease in theft from vehicles, and our aim is to continue this trend by reminding you to Be Car Smart. Vehicle theft and theft from vehicles is not specific to one area and it is one of the most common types of crime, affecting people no matter where they live or what they drive, says Cpl. Jennifer Cooper, Media Relations officer for the Prince George RCMP.
For the first quarter of 2022, Prince George saw a decrease in theft from vehicles. A decrease does not mean that the problem has completely gone away, however, and statistics show that no part of the city is free from this type of criminal behaviour. The most common area police see this type of crime occur is in parking lots, followed closely by on residential properties.
Here are some tips on how to Be Car Smart:
- Never leave your keys inside your vehicle. This means house keys, other vehicle keys and even valet keys.
- Always remove valuables and personal items, or place them in the trunk of your car.
- Remove or hide spare change and cell phone cords, which are tempting targets for thieves.
- Always lock your car when you leave it, even when it is in your own driveway or carport.
- Do not leave your car alone to idle or warm up – always stay within arm’s reach of the vehicle.
- Practice the ‘9pm Routine’ by going around your house to check that your windows, doors and car are all locked
Prince George RCMP and its policing partners are committed to ensuring there is a downward trend in this area of crime by increasing strategic and targeted enforcement and by identifying those individuals that are responsible for vehicle crime.
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.
Consider registering your home or business surveillance system with the City of Prince George’s CCTV registry. For more information, visit the City of Prince George website at www.princegeorge.ca/cctv (English only).
Cpl. Jennifer CooperCommunications NCO / Media Relations Officer
Prince George RCMP
455 Victoria Street, Prince George, BC, V2L 0B7
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