The RCMP is reminding the public to do their part to reduce property crimes.

Property crime on the rise in the Similkameen

As the temperature rises so does the number of property crimes in the Similkameen.


As the temperature rises so does the

number of property crimes in the area.

Last summer saw a spike in thefts

from vehicles and people stealing


In total, from April to September,

27 vehicles were broken into, 14

vehicles were stolen and 20 other

property crime related offences were

reported last year.

By fall RCMP had apprehended

three people who were charged and

sentenced in relation to the crimes.

But unfortunately several

residential break ins occurred over

the weekend in Cawston with thieves

specifically targeting unlocked sheds

and small buildings on properties.

Cpl. Sean Hall from the Keremeos

detachment said he’s concerned as the

numbers of those types of crimes will


“What happened is that we were

getting hammered with property

offences last year and then when

several people were arrested almost

all of it stopped. However, having said

that, it’s starting back up again and

we want the public to know so they

can do their part and keep their eyes

open,” he said.

Hall said a suspect has been

identified in the Cawston crimes

and the RCMP is in the process of

recovering the stolen property.

“We’ve got a resolve to those quite

quickly but that’s not always the case.

With the population boom that comes

to the area with tourists, farm workers,

and everything, the less likely that

they will stick out,” he said.

He asked the public to do their part

in preventing property related crimes.

Simple things that can be done

to make your car less of a target is

locking doors and removing valuable

items. If items cannot be removed the

RCMP recommends putting them out

of sight, so they are not tempting to

would be criminals.

People with ATVs and other

recreational motorized vehicles should

put them away when not in use in

sheds, garages or covered trailers.

“Always lock up your sheds. The

harder it is for them to get in there the

better the chance they won’t try or that

someone will notice,” he said.

Other tips include not posting to

social media when you will be away

from home. Asking a neighbour to

look in on your property when away.

Put your home on timer lights and

regularly picking up your mail.

If anyone sees anything suspicious

call police.

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