An increase in break and enters and theft has the Kelowna RCMP urging shoppers and businesses to be alert as the holiday season approaches.
“The month of December has traditionally been a busy time for theft whether that is within a business, from a front porch, or from a vehicle,” said Ryan Watters, communications advisor, Kelowna RCMP.
Police are reminding the public, that when shopping, to put purchases in the trunk of their vehicle and park in a well-lit area.
”Thieves generally target vehicles with packages, backpacks, or other valuables that are visible from the outside,” explained Watters. “It typically takes a thief less than 30 seconds to break into a vehicle.”
If you are shopping online, consider sending packages to a work address, or where someone can receive them, and avoid leaving packages waiting outside your home.
Business owners are encouraged to keep the interior, front and rear entrances well-lit, and ensure alarms are in good working order. Keeping advertising and merchandise out of windows can also help in preventing theft.
RCMP highly recommends retail businesses use a digital video recording system, as video and photographs can be useful in investigations and are a proven deterrent.