Keep holiday purchases secure this season

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PENTICTON -  Though volunteer patrols have been out for the past three weeks to watch over parking lots during the busy holiday shopping season, out of sight out of mind is something to consider if leaving purchases in locked cars.

Penticton RCMP Corp. Jas Johal says more than 7,000 vehicles have been checked since the patrol began and many were found with valuables inside in plain view. The volunteers left written reminders to help folks out. Some of the reminders were for other problems such as expired plates.

Mounties say criminals are looking for easy opportunities and patrol parking lots, helping themselves to valuables left in parked vehicles.

RCMP and volunteers will continue to patrol, but people are asked to help themselves by locking valuables out of sight, preferably in the trunk and to report any suspicious people or behaviour to police.

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