RCMP volunteers watch over holiday shoppers

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RCMP volunteers will be on patrol over the holiday shopping season in an effort to curb car thefts.

RCMP Citizen Patrol and Auxiliary Constable volunteers will be patrolling parking lots from Dec. 13 to Dec. 23. It's estimated RCMP volunteers will commit as many as 600 person-hours toward this special crime prevention initiative that began 12 years ago.

RCMP suggest the following safety reminders to help the public avoid becoming a victim of crime:

•  Park in well-lit areas and avoid shopping alone if possible.
•  Lock vehicles at all times and don't leave packages or other valuables in public view. Lock them in the trunk or, if possible, take them directly home.
•  Don't buy more than can be comfortably carried and have keys in hand when approaching the car.
•  Stay alert to surroundings and report suspicious activity to police.

Anyone interested in exploring volunteer opportunities with the RCMP are encouraged to visit one of the RCMP's Community Policing Offices or contact Garth Letcher, Community Policing Coordinator at 250-470-6339.


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