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Preventable theft from vehicles continues in spite of Penticton police message

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PENTICTON - Less than a week after Penticton’s top cop pointed out at a public meeting how much of the City’s police resources are spent following up on preventable theft from vehicles, the Penticton RCMP detachment continues to investigate multiple instances of the same.

Penticton RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth says police answered a call for a theft from vehicle on July 13, reported by a Baskin Street resident who said his Dodge pickup had been entered and a wallet containing debit cards, identification and eight, $100 bills taken.

The same day an Atkinson Street vehicle was rummaged through and insurance papers taken.

A silver Chevy Silverado pickup was broken into on Skaha Lake Road and a helmet, gloves and other clothing used for drag racing was taken.

Wrigglesworth says on July 15 there were numerous calls of thefts from unlocked vehicles with wallets taken on on Wyles Crescent, Roy Avenue and Creekside Road.

At a special town hall meeting, July 12, Penticton RCMP Supt. Ted De Jager pointed out Penticton’s high number of thefts from vehicles saying many of the incidents could be prevented by motorists simply ensuring no valuables were left in vehicles and by locking the doors.

Half of the detachment's 443 calls for theft in the second quarter were attributed to theft from vehicles, De Jager said.

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