The Dawson Creek RCMP note a rise in property theft - and have a fresh round of summer property crime prevention tips for the public.
It only takes a few moments for a thief to make off with items like tools, bikes, lawn equipment or utility vehicles. To safeguard your property, take the following steps:
Secure your vehicles: Make use of an antitheft device and do not leave keys or valuables inside. This also includes the use of hitch locks to help protect travel and utility trailers. Ensure your doors are locked every night before you go to bed and never leave keys sitting in the vehicle.
Secure your doors and windows: Lock all doors and windows on your home, but also close all garage and shed doors properly and use a proper lock to deter thieves from targeting your belongings.
Security cameras: With the advancement of technology, the installation of a security or doorbell camera has become that much easier.
Some of these devices also notify you if the sensor is activated. This may assist in deterring theft as well as the potential of providing a description of thieves if something happens on your property.
Record valuables: Keep a record such as serial numbers, vehicle identification numbers or other markings of valuable items such as bikes, boats, trailers and utility vehicles. Another way to keep a record is by utilizing your phone and obtaining photographs of high value items.
By doing this, you assist police in identifying property and having it returned to the rightful owner.
As always, report any suspicious activity immediately to the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700.