Kelowna Regional RCMP encourages 9PM Routine
Kelowna, Lake Country, West Kelowna
2021-10-19 15:34 PDT
Kelowna, West Kelowna and Lake Country – Kelowna Regional RCMP is asking residents in West Kelowna, Kelowna and Lake Country to get into the 9pm crime prevention routine.
A large percentage of property crime is opportunistic in nature. Thefts from residences and motor vehicles are often crimes of opportunity, with thieves taking advantage of items left in plain sight or unattended. Whenever possible, we urge community members to take steps to make your property less appealing to thieves. Criminals seek out the easiest target for break-ins and there are steps we can all take to prevent these crimes.
The 9pm Routine is a movement supported by police forces around the world that encourages residents to make a regular routine of conducting security checks to prevent theft in their homes and vehicles, on a nightly basis at 9pm.
The 9PM Routine has a few simple steps:
- Remove spare keys, garage door openers, electronics and other valuables from vehicles;
- Ensure home and vehicle doors and windows are shut and locked;
- Put away and secure all items around your home;
- Secure your shed and outbuildings;
- Turn on exterior lights.
When items are left insecure and doors are left unlocked, thieves take advantage of the opportunity to help themselves to your belongings, states Cst. Solana Paré, Media Relations Officer for the Kelowna Regional RCMP.
For example, if a potential thief happens upon an unlocked car with keys or a wallet on the seat, they are likely to open the car door and take what’s inside. By simply removing those valuables from your vehicle and locking it, you can help prevent crimes of opportunity and avoid waking up to find your keys, wallet, or even your car missing.
If you witness criminal activity in your neighbourhood, please contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at www.crimestoppers.net or at 1-800-222-8477.
Cst. Solana ParéMedia Relations Officer
Kelowna Regional Detachment
1190 Richter St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2K7
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