Don't let your property fall victim to thieves

Merritt

2022-03-02 09:03 PST

The Merritt RCMP want to remind the public to use crime prevention methods to deter thieves.

Since the floods, the Merritt RCMP have seen a rise in break and enter reports to vacant homes in the Phase 4 area of Merritt. Some of these break ins may have been prevented if crime prevention methods had been utilized.

"We recognize the frustration of home owners in the phase 4 area that have experienced break ins to their properties", says Sgt. Josh Roda. "We want to encourage home owners to use crime prevention methods to deter thieves from targeting their vacant homes. Please be assured we are out patrolling daily, but cannot be everywhere at once."

What you can do to deter thieves

1) Lock all doors and windows, including those on sheds. Close gates on walkways;

2) Leave interior lights on so your residence appears occupied. Place lights on timers;

3) Leave exterior lights on and use exterior motion lights;

4) Keeps shrubs and bushes trimmed to deter thieves from being hidden if on your property;

5) Secure valuable items and items that would otherwise be left outside, such as BBQ's, lawnmowers, tools etc.

6) Consider installing a security system and cameras that can be monitored by a company or app on your phone.

The Merritt Community Police Office would also like to encourage residents to join a neighborhood watch group, Block Watch and/or consider serving with Citizens on Patrol. Please contact Marlene Jones at the Merritt Community Police Office at 250-378-3955.

 

If you find your property has fallen victim to thieves, please do not touch or move anything and call the Merritt RCMP immediately at 250-378-4262.

Released by

Sgt Josh Roda

Media Relations Officer
Merritt Detachment

Email: bcrcmp-grcencb@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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