Thefts from vehicles are a problem in many Canadian cities, they are difficult for police to investigate because they happen quickly and the stolen items are difficult to trace.
Often the theft occurs at night so the incident is not reported until the next morning, by which time the suspect is long gone.
Julie Plourde is the Media Relations Officer with the Northwest Territories RCMP in Yellowknife.
“The RCMP encourages all persons who may have had their vehicle entered to contact the police,” Plourde said. “The RCMP documents such incidents and records any items that are taken for comparison with found property, we then track the locations and uses the information to seek means to prevent such crimes.”
Vehicle break-ins are often crimes of opportunity that can be prevented by taking some simple steps to deter would-be thieves according to the Northwest Territories RCMP.
The NT RCMP are reminding motorists of Yellowknife to:
- Lock your vehicle when it is left unattended and activate the vehicle’s alarm.
- Remove valuables from your vehicle or hide them.
- If you don’t have a garage, park your vehicle in a well-lit area.
- Report suspicious activity to the police.