Police patrols hit the street on two wheels

Kamloops Mounties are hitting the streets with bike, boat and auto awareness.

RCMP bike patrols are expected to ramp up soon with patrols of the downtown core, North Shore and the south shore over the summer.

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“We want families to feel safe and welcome in all areas of their community. Bike patrol units are very effective at doing this.” said Cpl. Jodi Shelkie in a police press release. “They can go into alleys, along sidewalks, trails and through beaches and parks. They are very visible and very proactive.”

Officers on bikes can help prevent crime by being able to access areas a traditional cruiser cannot access.

With the assistance of the detachment’s crime analyst and computer statistics, members of the bike unit can proactively target hot spots or areas with identified higher crime statistics for vandalism, theft from vehicles and public intoxication, Shelkie said.

• Kamloops police and RCMP crime prevention volunteers also be at Pioneer park hosting boater safety awareness events at the boat launch on Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and again on June 12 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

• On June 13 Mounties, CAP Team Members and crime prevention volunteers will be reaching out to members of the public on Victoria Street about keeping their valuables and vehicles safe with their Lock Out Auto Crime campaign. The initiative sees volunteers issue advisories warning vehicles owners who are observed with valuables left in plain sight in their vehicles, open windows or doors left unlocked. The notices will be left on a vehicle’s windshield, either thanking drivers for securing their vehicle properly, or advising them how they can deter auto theft.

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