Property crimes are on the rise in Prince George. According to RCMP statistics, residential break-ins increased 137% over the first three weeks of June, when compared to the first three weeks of June 2014. Over that same time, break-ins at businesses increased 64% and vehicle breaks-in jumped 73%. Police say it’s possible the same group is responsible for the crime wave.
And they’ve issued a series of safety tips to deter criminals. Police say you should lock your door at all times, even if you’re in your backyard. And be sure to lock the inner door, not just your storm door. When you’re leaving your home, close all windows and lock them securely. Consider using a security system of some sort, whether it be cameras or a security firm. And if you are victimized, pictures that you’ve taken of your property and kept safely stored away, will help you to replace valuables that were taken.
Police say thieves are breaking into vehicles even when they’re parked out in the open, likely because they’ve spotted something valuable inside. That’s why police are reminding vehicle owners to remove all valuables from within your car or truck. And they’re warning those with garage door openers, to remove the openers unless you’re parked in your garage. A door opener is like a key to your home from the thief’s point of view.
If you spot something suspicious, you’re asked to call police or Crimestoppers immediately.