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Fresh tracks in the snow leave these Kamloops residents feeling uneasy

Thieves wandered around this Upper Sahali neighbourhood, clearing the windows of various vehicles.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK / Larry Dyck
December 18, 2019 - 4:00 PM

With the recent snowfall in Kamloops came evidence of the possible thievery that goes on year-round.

Residents in the Upper Sahali neighbourhood noticed a number of vehicles with their windows wiped of snow, and footprints leading up to and away from their properties.

According to Kamloops RCMP media liaison officer Cpl. Jodi Shelkie this is not a new problem.

“It’s the same as the summer really, except in the winter, it’s darker earlier in the day and darker later in the morning so there is a longer window for thieves to do their work,” Shelkie says.

Thieves checked various vehicles in hopes of finding something within the cars.
Thieves checked various vehicles in hopes of finding something within the cars.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK / Larry Dyck

With more time for the thieves to do their ‘work,’ Shelkie reminds people to use precautionary measures to prevent theft.

“The same rules apply,” Shelkie says. “Take everything out of your vehicle, lock it always... park it in a well-lit area that’s well viewed by other people, and if you see anyone suspicious in your neighbourhood, report it to police.”

If you find your vehicle has been robbed, you can report it to the RCMP over the phone at 250-828-3000 or by using their online reporting tool here.

“If they’ve done damage to your vehicle and it’s less than $5,000, or they’ve stolen something that is under $5,000, (you) can definitely use the online reporting tool.”

Residents found footprints in the snow.
Residents found footprints in the snow.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK / Larry Dyck

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