Theft bait: Lock Out Auto Crime hits vehicles in Valleyview
2021-09-20 14:11 PDT
Looking into the window of a white car parked outside of a hardware store, Luci Tremblay can clearly see a wallet and lottery ticket left on the front seat.
Luckily it was Ms. Tremblay and not a thief who spotted the items. She was one of more than half a dozen Kamloops City volunteers and police officers who were patrolling the Valleyview Square parking lot on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2021, looking to educate motorists on the importance of removing theft bait from their vehicles.
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They will go for less than that – they’ll go for 25 cents, said Ms. Tremblay, while speaking about the abundance of loonies and toonies spotted inside parked vehicles.
The event coincidentally followed a week where more than 50 thefts from motor vehicles reported, mostly in the downtown. To help motorists understand the importance of keeping any and all valuables out of sight, the Lock Out Auto Crime team issued crime prevention notices, spoke with pedestrians and drivers in the area, and handed out key chains and other swag with reminders.
Along with educating the public on the importance of removing theft bait from their vehicles and locking up, these events help create a presence in the area which in and of itself can be a deterrent, said Corporal Dana Napier of the Kamloops RCMP Community Policing Unit.
Terry Mitchell, an employee at one of the nearby stores, was pleased to see the Lock Out Auto Crime team in Valleyview.
We’re always having to kick shoplifters out of the store, said Ms. Mitchell.
Having the uniformed police officers present during the event shows people that others are around and paying attention, Ms. Mitchell added.
Although this week’s event was held in Valleyview, upcoming Lock Out Auto Crime presence is planned for downtown and other areas throughout Kamloops.
For more information and prevention tips, please visit www.baitcar.com
Cst. Crystal EvelynMedia Relations Officer
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