The Salmon Arm RCMP are reminding the public to protect themselves from theft by keeping property under lock and key.
An April 24 media release from the local detachment states that thieves target bikes, lawn and garden equipment, boats, motors, ATVs and other items that are pulled out of storage as the weather gets warmer.
The release was accomanied by two police reports of recent thefts in Salmon Arm, one in which the culprits broke into a garage and stole two bicycles.
The police recommend that people keep valuables on their properties out of site from the street and invest in locks to secure bikes and boat motors. Immobilizing trailers with a tongue lock or wheel lock is also recommended.
A look around the property before going to sleep at night to ensure all valuables are brought inside and secured is also a recommended step.
The release from the RCMP states most theft from vehicle complaints involve a vehicle left unlocked overnight.
“When changing the locks on your house is $600 to $1,000, a cell phone is $600 to $1,200 and replacing a wallet and cancelling all the cards and getting new ones eats up hours of your day, doesn’t it just make sense to bring in personal items and lock a vehicle?” states Staff Sgt. Scott West.