Terrace RCMP and volunteers will be out in store parking lots this weekend in an attempt to lock-out theft.
Police will be looking for unlocked vehicles, those with visible valuables, garage door openers, or open windows, and leaving behind some literature.
Officers will leave a crime prevention notice on the windshield thanking motorists for locking up their vehicle or advising them how to deter theft from vehicles.
One of the easiest ways to protect yourself from becoming a victim of theft this holiday season is to lock your doors, says Constable Crystal Evelyn, Terrace RCMP’s Community Liaison and Crime Prevention Officer.
We want to help make sure that happens by providing a simple reminder through the Lock Out Auto Crime initiative.
Lock Out Auto Crime is an educational program supported by ICBC to draw attention to the high rate of thefts from vehicles.
10 Tips to Avoid Auto Crime:
- Keep your spare keys in your wallet, not in your car.
- Invest in a good anti-theft device.
- Close windows and lock doors. Take your possessions with you.
- Avoid parking behind fences or hedges.
- At home, light your driveway all night. Elsewhere, park in well lit areas near pedestrian traffic.
- After opening an automatic gate to underground parking, watch out for thieves waiting to slip inside.
- Wait for the gate to close behind you.
- Engrave your stereo and other onboard valuables with your driver’s license number.
- Install an anti-theft device to protect your stereo or buy a unit that is removable and take it with you when you park.
- If you see any suspicious person or activity near a vehicle, call the police immediately.
If you have information about crime contact the Terrace RCMP at (250)638-7400 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1-800-222-TIPS, online at www.terracecrimestoppers.ca or by texting keyword TERRACE followed by your message to 274637 (CRIMES).