May 24, 2014 - 1:03 PM
KELOWNA - With property crimes on the increase, police urge the public to protect themselves.
The power is in the hands of the people according to the RCMP. Locking doors and windows, even while home or in the backyard and keeping cars locked can make a huge difference.
Residential break and enters are up 38 per cent so far this year and thefts from vehicles are up 16 per cent. The numbers have come down since the middle of April when they were 48 and 23 per cent respectively, but Mounties say more work needs to be done.
"When those crimes are plotted on a map, it becomes very clear that no place in the Central Okanagan is completely immune to property crime," Const. Kris Clark said in a media release. "In fact, those who believe their homes to be safe might be making themselves prime targets for thieves by forgetting to complete one simple task: locking their doors."
Petty thieves are looking for easy access, Clark said, and a small amount of due diligence on the part of a home or vehicle owner can go a long way toward crime prevention.
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