Watch for tickets downtown

If you spot a ticket on your dash in the next couple of days in downtown Penticton, don't panic — it might be a "positive ticket," issued by volunteers with the Penticton Community Policing service letting you know what you're doing right and wrong to prevent vehicle break-ins. 

A pair of volunteers were passing out tickets in the downtown area Thursday afternoon, leaving notes on dashboards making drivers aware of things that could promote theft, like open windows or personal belongings left in plain view on seats.

The pair, who wished to be anonymous, said they enjoy going out and sharing the helpful tickets a few times a year. 

“We sometimes write something nice or funny like, ‘Great anti-theft device!’” one of the women said. 

They like that the program is an anonymous way to hopefully help someone out, whether by alerting them to a potential danger of theft, or drawing attention to something else about their vehicle they may have missed. 

“If we notice that the insurance has expired, we’ll write that. Because sometimes people forget!”

The notes, which are issued by ICBC, include a checklist of common preventable auto crime actions, and tips on how to further secure your car. 

Watch out for a "positive ticket" on your windshield in the next few days while the volunteers are out and about. 

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