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RCMP urge increased diligence in wake of increased theft in Oliver area

Police are issuing warnings to Oliver area residents to be wary of suspicious activity as police report an increase in break and enters and vehicle theft in the area.
October 19, 2017 - 4:09 PM

OLIVER - Break and enters are on the rise in the Oliver area and RCMP are urging residents to report suspicious persons or activity.

Police spokesperson Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says in a media release the Oliver detachment has seen a rise in calls for service for residential and business break and enters in the past weeks. Motor vehicle theft is also on the increase as the suspect often steals a vehicle to use in a break and enter.

Moskaluk says items reported stolen are chosen with the idea they can be sold or traded for illegal drugs.

RCMP are cautioning residents to be aware of people who appear to be canvassing the neighbourhood. If a person appears suspicious and is in a vehicle, try to get a photo, a license number or a descriptions of the occupants, but do so from a safe distance.

The RCMP South Okanagan Similkameen Regional Targeted Enforcement unit is being consulted in an effort to assist Oliver detachment in locating and arresting those involved in these crimes, Moskaluk says.

Police believe more than one group of people are involved in the activity as they travel through the South Okanagan region.

RCMP are also advising residents to lock their doors, keep all entrances to home and garages well lit at night, mark valuable items for identification and to not to leave valuables in vehicles.

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