Police received five reports related to the incidents on the night of Sept. 29. The vehicles, which were parked in front of houses and in driveways, had their exterior mirrors smashed and in some cases tires were slashed. It appears no particular vehicle type was targeted. The four vehicles were parked in the areas of 111 Avenue, Elwood Drive, 90 and 92 Avenues.
In a related story, Dawson Creek RCMP are reporting responding to more than double the number of minor thefts from insecure vehicles in the past three weeks, and is asking the public’s assistance to find those responsible.
Police report these thefts have occurred at night in residential neighbourhoods and are believed to be the work of a small group of youths. The vehicles targeted have been left unlocked or were insecure in other ways, allowing the thieves easy access. Items stolen included laptops, small amounts of cash and personal items such as sunglasses.
Over the next week, both RCMP and Citizens on Patrol (COP) will be conducting random crime prevention checks on vehicles to alert owners to potential auto theft. If either the RCMP or COP check a vehicle, a notice will be left behind indicating the vehicle has been checked and identifying any steps the owner could take to prevent or deter would-be thieves.
The RCMP is reminding the public to lock their vehicle doors at night and report any suspicious activity immediately.
Anyone with information on any of these above-mentioned incidents is asked to call the local detachment at 250-784-3700, or Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or sending a text message with the keyword “tipsnow” to 274537.