Chilliwack: RCMP were in parking lots this week around the city urging owners to lock doors and keep valuables in parked vehicles out of sight.
On May 7 and 8 Chilliwack RCMP General Duty (GD) officers together with RCMP Auxiliary and Chilliwack City Watch (CCW) volunteers from the Chilliwack Crime Prevention Society (CCPS) conducted proactive foot patrols through parking lots of shopping malls and recreational facilities in Chilliwack and Sardis making observations of property in parked automobiles.
After inspecting over 840 autos police and volunteers issued 78 auto crime prevention notices where valuables were seen.
“Vehicles parked with articles in sight are at higher risk as potential targets for auto crime,” said Constable Connor McGregor of the Chilliwack RCMP. “Police are taking this opportunity to make the public aware of the importance of locking your vehicle and keeping valuables out of view”.
Items noted included:
Diligence is also required when parking your vehicle for the night. Unlocked doors are often reported in theft from vehicle complaints made to the RCMP.
“Theft is a crime which can be significantly reduced by everyone working together to eliminate opportunities offered to criminals,” says Corporal Mike Rail spokesperson for the UFVRD.
Prevention tips to protect your property:
RCMP remind everyone who witnesses anything they believe to be suspicious in nature contact the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or, should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).