Central Okanagan News
Property crime numbers on the rise
Property crime in the Central Okanagan rose by 40 per cent during the first month of 2014 compared to the same time period a year ago.
That, according to figures released Friday by the Kelowna RCMP.
Figures show property related crime in the area covered by the local detachment jumped from 193 files in Jan, 2013 to 271 in Jan, 2014.
Property crime consists of business and residential break and enter, theft from vehicle, theft of vehicle and theft of bike.
Increases were seen in each category except for vehicle theft which dropped by 12 per cent.
|Property Crime||Jan 2013||Jan 2014||% Change|
|Theft of Vehicle||25||22||-12%|
|Theft from Vehicle||98||138||41%|
|Theft of Bike||3||16||433%|
While Cst. Kris Clark says the large increase in bicycle related theft is likely due to the relatively warm weather, he says there is a bigger concern.
"Approximately 90% of the bikes stolen were unsecured," says Clark.
"With that in mind, January was the poster month for "lock it or lose it" in the Okanagan as thefts from vehicles were also in that category, especially in West Kelowna and Lake Country where an estimated 90 to 100 per cent were from unlocked vehicles."
Clark says thefts from coin-operated laundry machines drove up the break and enter numbers with thefts from underground parking or storage also major contributors.
He says police hope to see those numbers reduced in February with the arrest of 11 prolific offenders - including several believed responsible for the January increases - over the past two weeks.
In order to make an impact on crime prevention, Clark suggests:
Lock your vehicle and remove any valuables, regardless of where it is parked
Secure your bike to a bike rack with at least one anti-theft device
Maintain a record of serial numbers for your property, ie. bikes, electronics, etc
Lock it or lose it.
Comments on this story are pre-moderated and approval times may vary. Before they appear, comments are reviewed by moderators to ensure they meet our submission guidelines. Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments are open and welcome for three days after the story is published. We reserve the right to close comments before then. Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of Castanet, but only of the comment writer.
Read more Central Okanagan articles
- Robbery suspect taken downKamloops - 6:44 am
- Hwy. 97 reopens after crashPenticton / S. Okanagan
- Largest ever regional parkKelowna
- Mad about gas? You're to blameCentral Okanagan
Kelowna Discussion Forum
Kelowna's Cultural District
Kelowna Road Closures
William R. Bennett Bridge
Tourism Kelowna Central Okanagan
District of Peachland
District of Lake Country
School District 23
Okanagan Regional Library