BACKGROUND: Terrace RCMP say that although they haven’t seen a significant rise in break-ins, it’s still important for everyone to lock their doors and to double-check that any valuables are out of sight, including loose change.
“Take the few seconds to protect yourself and lock your door. It doesn’t matter how good of a town you live in, take that extra precaution,” says Cst. Crystal Evelyn.
Cst. Evelyn also advises that expensive stereo-systems in vehicles should have a serial number written on it to help police identify the item if it does get stolen.
On the first weekend of December, the RCMP ran a Lock Out Auto Crime initiative. Their press release stated that their education program is “supported by ICBC to draw attention to the high rate of thefts from vehicles.”
Volunteers audited parking lots, checking approximately 200 vehicle doors. Cst. Evelyn says many phones and wallets left were discovered, along with a few car keys as well.
Crime prevention notices were placed on windshields to remind drivers to lock up.
“This is a time of the year where it hurts even more if you do get ripped off… so be extra vigilant to protect yourself from being a victim.”