Kamloops RCMP say there have been 17 thefts from vehicles and three bike thefts over the past week.
“The Kamloops RCMP continue to receive calls to investigate theft from vehicles and bike thefts, in every neighbourhood of the community,” Cpl.. Jodi Shelkie said in a press release. “Measures to prevent these thefts include locking and taking all valuables out of vehicles and properly locking up bicycles.”
Police began reporting thefts from motor vehicles last July, but abruptly ended the reporting at the end of November.
Kamloops was averaging about 50 thefts from motor vehicles per week during that span.
The RCMP has reported seeing an uptick in property crime as of late, but police say it has nothing to do with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Shelkie told KTW thefts from vehicles and bicycle thefts increase each spring.
The maps — to be released at the beginning of each week to local news media, showing the number and locations of the thefts — are meant to demonstrate these thefts can happen anywhere, remind motorists to take precautions and encourage residents to report suspicious behaviour in their neighbourhood.
If you see suspicious behaviour in your neighbourhood, contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.