PRINCE GEORGE, BC: Property related offences are up 30 per cent compared to the same period last year and the RCMP is once again reminding people to keep valuables out of sight…
From January 1st to February 19th, the Prince George RCMP has received 661 reports of property crimes compared to 503 during the same period last year.
Thefts from Vehicles continue to be an issue in Prince George increasing from 76 in 2016 to 88 in 2017. The Heritage area and Downtown are being hit particularly hard, as well as commercial parking lots.
Police are pleading with the public to lock vehicle doors and NEVER leave valuables including purses and wallets in your vehicle. In some cases, licence plates or validation decals are being stolen.
“Like many other communities, there are people that walk residential streets late at night or early in the morning, checking every car door to see if it is unlocked” says Cpl. Craig Douglass, spokesperson for the Prince George RCMP. “Residents that leave valuables in their vehicles and their doors unlocked are fueling this property crime trend. We need to all do our part to eliminate this crime. Don’t be a victim. Remove valuables, lock doors and report suspicious activity to police.”
Police are also finding a spike in Break & Enters to Businesses in Prince George…
The RCMP has received 32 such reports between January 1stand February 19th while only 15 reported in the same period last year. Doors are being pried open or entry is gained through other openings in the businesses. Gated compounds are being targeted as well. Please take the necessary steps to ensure your business has adequate security in place.
If you have any information about property related crime or persons involved, please contact the Prince George RCMP at 250-561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Written and released by Prince George RCMP with edits by PJXM News.