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Summer homes targeted
Sometime during the night of Sept. 3, thieves entered an unlocked garage in St. Ives and stole an ATV and an offroad motorcycle.
The owner and neighbours did not hear or see the perpetrators. This theft of recreational vehicles is most likely related to a second theft from the same night in the area, report police. A utility trailer was stolen between the hours of 2 and 4 a.m. in St. Ives. Thieves removed the padlock and drove away with the trailer. The lock was not recovered at the scene. There were no witnesses.
Police are asking anyone who has information about this theft or any other property crime in the North Shuswap to call Chase Detachment at 250-679-3221 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
The RCMP remind property owners to securely chain and lock all moveable property to an immoveable object such as a concrete foundation or block.
Absentee seasonal owners should install security bars over windows and doors of their houses or cottages, as well as monitored alarm and video systems during the off-season.
Anything of value left unattended and unsecured becomes an attractant for thieves, particularly going into the winter months when there are fewer owners present in the area. The RCMP continue to focus on prolific offenders from Lee Creek to St Ives, and will be investigating all break and enters with an eye to prosecution whenever possible.
In addition to conducting investigations, the RCMP and some concerned citizens will be working on crime reduction strategies for the area, including a break and enter awareness campaign for homeowners.
It would provide information on how to secure your residence and other property from theft, the installation of security and video surveillance systems and how to record and report suspicious activity in your neighbourhood.