Thieves of Kamloops take note.
That vehicle, bike or package you are coveting may lead the Mounties straight to you.
The Kamloops RCMP has expanded its bait program, with bikes and packages being added to the vehicles long used to catch crooks.
Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said the items are are scattered throughout the city in an attempt to lure thieves to steal them.
“What the criminals are not aware of is that the vehicles, bikes and packages are equipped with GPS tracking, which monitors the speed, direction and location of the item,” Shelkie said.
While thefts of vehicles and bicycles have long been an issue in any community, the rise of online shopping, in which packages are delivered to doorsteps — usually during the day when homes are unoccupied — has led to an uptick in online orders being pilfered.
During the Victoria Day long weekend, Shelkie said, four people in Kamloops were arrested after allegedly stealing one of the items in separate incidences. Those arrested include a 55-year-old man, a 28-year-old man, a 23-year-old woman and a 22-year-old woman.
“We want thieves to know that there are bait vehicles, bikes and packages on the streets of Kamloops,” Shelkie said. “Our hope is that, knowing they can be arrested, it will deter thieves from committing these crimes.”