Lock it or lose it

Fort St John

2022-02-25 08:20 PST

File # PSA - Secure your vehicle

The Fort St John RCMP wish to remind the public that it is imperative that you secure your vehicle when you are not using it.

Over the past number of months, the Fort St John RCMP have received numerous reports of theft from vehicle where personal items, documents, tools and valuables have been stolen from vehicles, usually over night, that have been left unlocked. 

On some occasions the vehicle has been left unsecure (unlocked) and the keys have been left in the vehicle and the report comes to police as a theft of vehicle. 

The BC Motor Vehicle Act has a fine that can be issued to drivers/owners who do not lock their vehicle for Unsecured Motor Vehicle and a fine amount of $81.00.  The intent is to ensure that vehicles are secured so that it prevents theft and unauthorized use of the vehicle.

Thieves are always looking for easy targets.  There have been times when individuals walk down a street checking the doors and windows on every vehicle they come across, testing to see if they are unsecure and if there is anything worth stealing.  If the keys are in the vehicle, the vehicle usually get stolen and often not located. 

The simple act of locking the vehicle and keeping the keys secured can prevent significant loss of valuable items and documents as well as the loss of a vehicle and the cost related to trying to recover it or replace it for the owner.   

Lock your vehicle or risk losing it or what is inside.

Released by

Cst. Chad Neustaeter

Media Relations Officer
Fort St John RCMP
10648 100th St, Fort St John, BC, V1J 3Z6
Office: 250-787-8100
Fax: 250-787-8133

Email: chad.neustaeter@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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