IN the past month Terrace RCMP have seen an increase in residential and commercial break ins.
“In a majority of these incidents items that were stolen were easily accessible and could be hidden then sold quickly. Electronics such as; tablets, computers, video games, and cell phones are prime targets for thieves. Anything of value that is small and easy to carry is potentially something a thief will take. They may also take your bicycle in order to get away from the area.” says Cst Angela Rabut, Community Policing/Media Relations Terrace RCMP.
Steps on How to Prevent a Break In
Secure your belongings and property – Take a walk around your house and property and assess how secure your place is. If you need help with this call the Terrace RCMP. An auxiliary member trained in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design can review your home or business with you and give you some advice and tips.
Take an inventory of your valuable property – Write down the make, model, and serial number of those items. Keep a hard copy of this information. If something gets stolen it will be recorded into the Police Data bank/Computer. Should these items be later found, police can check the data bank and return the item back to you.
Do Not Purchase Items priced “Too Good to be True” – In some cases the items are being sold through social media sites and other property websites. They will be flogged cheap. As a community we need to break the circle of theft. If you suspect that an item you purchased might be stolen, bring it to the detachment and we will check it for you.
Remember – It is a criminal code offence to purchase or obtain property that you know is stolen.
For further information on Crime Prevention, please contact the Terrace RCMP Community Policing Office at (250) 638-7429.