January 02, 2014 - 3:57 PM
KAMLOOPS – There hasn't been an unusual spike in break and enters this holiday season, but RCMP are reminding people to be extra vigilant against putting their goods on display for potential thieves.
“It's well founded that during this time of year there are things people can do to inadvertently alert thieves,” Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned says. “People get rid of boxes which could be advertising a mark for thieves, things like new big screen televisions or tools.”
Learned says they do continue to have complaints come in on a regular basis for break and enters over the holidays, but nothing has been overly significant to catch the attention of officers.
Aside from making sure boxes aren't left out on the curb on full display people should also keep their blinds closed during the day, to remove the threat of thieves window shopping. People should either tear down their boxes before putting them in the recycling bin or they can drop them off at one of the city depots to help reduce the risk as well.
In addition people should be extra careful while shopping the Boxing Week and New Year sales prominent at many retailers right now. Thieves will often wait around the entrances to major shopping centres and watch who deposits packages in their vehicle before heading back in for more shopping.
“The same principals apply,” Learned says of those thieves that hit during the Christmas rush. “Thieves will wait around.... It's the opportunistic thief looking for the spontaneous break in.”
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