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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
B&E Business 40 48 20%
B&E Residence 27 47 74%
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.

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