Police and partners team up for Operation Protect It. Lock It. Keep It.
2017-02-03 09:02 PST
Surrey RCMP, ICBC, and Surrey Crime Prevention Society are once again reminding residents to take an active role in reducing their chances of becoming a victim of auto crime. Recently released Surrey RCMP crime statistics show theft from vehicles was up 22% in 2016 in Surrey.
On Saturday, February 4th a one day public and media event called Operation Protect It. Lock It. Keep It. will seek to enhance community safety and educate the public on ways they can reduce the incidence of theft from vehicles.
- February 4th, 2017 from 10:00am-2:00pm, Hillcrest Shopping Plaza (18696 Fraser Highway)
During the event, Surrey RCMP and Surrey Crime Prevention Society volunteers will be conducting parking lot audits and distributing information on auto crime prevention. A ‘Spot the Target’ vehicle will also be set up to help educate the public on various items that can be targets when left in vehicles.
We are pleased to support this event which targets a specific crime type which we have unfortunately seen a distinct increase in this past year, says Surrey RCMP Inspector Andy LeClair, Community Support and Safety Officer.
In addition to our enforcement efforts, there are a number preventative steps that the public can take to help reduce their chances of becoming a victim of auto crime in our city.
It’s important we all keep our guards up to protect ourselves from auto crime, said Karen Klein, ICBC Road Safety Coordinator.
Make sure your keys are secure at all times, lock your vehicle when it’s unattended and remove electronics and any valuables.
Vehicle crimes are often crimes of opportunity that can be prevented by applying some precautions to protect your vehicle and belongings:
- Park your vehicle in well-lit areas near pedestrian traffic.
- Keep your garage door opener hidden or take it with you.
- Keep your keys secure at all times. Don’t leave your keys unguarded — even at a restaurant or the gym.
- Always lock your doors and close your windows, even if you’re away from your vehicle for just a minute.
- Remove electronics and valuables including smartphones, GPS and keys. Put anything in the trunk that could tempt a thief— even loose change or empty shopping bags.
- Don’t store your spare or valet key in your vehicle.
For more information on auto crime visit the Surrey RCMP website or ICBC website.
For media inquiries contact:
Cpl. Scotty Schumann
Media Relations Officer
Surrey RCMP Media Relations Unit
ICBC Road Safety Coordinator
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