Reducing crime and preventing residents from becoming victims of crime are top priorities for the RCMP again this year. (File photo)

RCMP sets out priority list for 2019

Reducing crime, preventing residents from becoming crime victims are high priorities again this year

Do you feel safe in your neighbourhood?

Supt. Ted De Jager, Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen Regional Detachment commander, attended Keremeos village council Monday night, discussing the RCMP’s priorities in the region for the upcoming year.

With property crime increasing throughout the South Okanagan and Similkameen region, De Jager said reducing crime and preventing residents from becoming victims of crime both top the list this year.

READ MORE: More thefts in the downtown Penticton area

But there are some easy, yet effective safeguarding residents can do to prevent property crime, he said.

De Jager suggests removing all valuables from unattended cars and ensuring car doors are locked at night. He also recommends keeping car keys in the bedroom instead of downstairs near the back door.

“Even if someone were to break to the house while I’m there and I don’t know, they are not getting the keys without my knowing it,” he said.

He added that crimes that involve entering the house, including the bedroom, would be a home invasion, which “are typically very targeted, and not random. We just don’t see that,” he said.

De Jager also recommends what he calls the 9 p.m. routine, which is a checklist for people to do before they go to bed, including going around the house and locking all doors.

This includes closing the overhead garage door, locking the door between the garage and house, and closing and locking all external doors, he said.

READ MORE: Break-ins, broken windows: Downtown Penticton sees overnight rise in crime

The same concept applies to businesses. But De Jager encourages business owners to reach out to Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) for advice about how to keep their property safe.

“Those people can come out and give good ideas about how to protect property, to make sure a business has proper gates and that sort of thing to prevent break and enters in the future,” he said “Alarm systems, high-definition video that gets cheaper and cheaper. Those are all things we’re recommending to people that they start to look at.”

In addition to reducing crime and preventing residents from becoming crime victims, De Jager said road safety is a high priority for RCMP in the annual performance plan.

To report a typo, email:

Robin Grand
Reporter, Penticton Western News
Email me or follow me on Twitter
Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Princeton RCMP arrest suspects in violent Salmon Arm home invasion

Two men who allegedly staged a violent home invasion in Salmon Arm… Continue reading

Public shows support for alcohol in outdoor spaces: City of Penticton

City council will vote on whether to continue allowing public consumption, on Tuesday, July 7

Interior Health will not expand Police and Crisis Team

Southeast Division Chief Superintendent Brad Haugli asked IH to expand the program

Haze over Okanagan and Shuswap skies may have drifted from Siberia

Few active wildifres so far this summer in B.C.

Community Foundation of South Okanagan Similkameen funding applications accepted until July 24

Emergency Community Support Funding available to organizations within the region

UPDATE: Military reservist facing 22 charges after allegedly ramming gates at Rideau Hall

The man, who police have not yet officially identified, will be charged with multiple offences

Intent of killing at centre of Surrey man’s Okanagan murder trial

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Allison Beames is anticipated to return with her decision in August

Kelowna neighbourhood pond dries up again

The RDCO filled up the pond on Hall Road but it’s drying up again

Penticton RCMP seek help locating missing woman

25-year-old Iesha Blomquist was reported missing to Penticton RCMP on June 30

Car smashes into Kelowna dollar store

The vehicle went through the front window of the store just off Highway 97 North

Princeton RCMP arrest suspects in violent Salmon Arm home invasion

Two men who allegedly staged a violent home invasion in Salmon Arm… Continue reading

LETTER: Questions raised about Summerland solar project

Site of proposed project has been considered for previous initiatives

Alberta health minister orders review into response after noose found in hospital in 2016

A piece of rope tied into a noose was found taped to the door of an operating room at the Grande Prairie Hospital in 2016

Mini prom celebrates 13 Lake Country grads

Grad’s sister marks occasion with small prom for close friends from quarantine Class of 2020 amid COVID-19

Most Read