Spike in crime noticed in Agassiz

RCMP investigate eight break ins, and ask residents to be help keep lid on thefts

  • Sep. 10, 2014 2:00 p.m.

There has been a rash of break and enters and thefts from vehicles occurring in the area of MacKay Crescent and Canterbury Avenue in Agassiz. The crime spree has prompted RCMP to issue a warning to help reduce crime by being vigilant about securing their own property.

Members of the Agassiz RCMP are investigating eight break and enters that have occurred in Agassiz in the last five days, they announced on Wednesday

“We encourage the public to familiarize themselves with some of the steps they can take to protect their property and avoid becoming a victim of these crimes of opportunity,” Cst. Ashley St. Germaine said.

The following are steps that can be taken to try and prevent these crimes from occurring:

–          Lock your doors and secure any open windows when not at home, or sleeping at night.

–          Engrave property with your name so it can be easily identified.

–          Record the serial numbers of your property.

–          Don’t leave articles out, such as axes and tools that could be used to assist in breaking into your residence.

–          Talk to you neighbours and check on each other’s property.

–          Leave an outside light on during the night.

–          If you are away, make sure your residence looks like it’s occupied.  Have the mail collected, grass cut and stop the newspaper or have someone pick it up and check on your residence.

–          Avoid posting to social media sites that you are away from your residence.

–          Lock the doors to your vehicle and roll up the windows.

–          Don’t hide your wallet or keys inside your vehicle.

–          Remove all valuables, including cell phones and GPS units.

 

Police are continuing their investigation and asking anyone who may have any information in relation to these incidents to call the Agassiz RCMP at 604-796-2211.  If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).