NEWS RELEASE · 9th November 2012
The Kitimat RCMP are warning residents of an marked increase in thefts from motor vehicles and of motor vehicles occurring in the local area since September 2012.
Since September 1, 2012 the Kitimat RCMP have responded to 25 calls for service where a complainant has noted that their vehicle has been rummaged through and items taken, or their vehicle has been stolen from their driveway.
After reviewing the files the following trends are being noted:
A significantly large percentage of the vehicles are being left unlocked, with valuables left in the open as well ignition keys are being left inside the vehicles that are being stolen.
A review of the Motor Vehicle Act section 191 (2)(a) reads that a motor vehicle must be secured by the driver. While police are always reluctant to charge someone who has been victimized; leaving ignition keys in a vehicle is a dangerous habit that can also impact your potential insurance coverage should your vehicle be stolen. There is an $81 fine for doing so and local RCMP will be stepping up enforcement of this provision should this practice continue.
The Kitimat RCMP are requesting people remain vigilant and contact the RCMP should they see anyone attempting to break into vehicles, and to take necessary precautions of not leaving valuables in their vehicles, and to lock their vehicle doors. As well anyone having information as to who is responsible for these crimes is encouraged to call the Kitimat RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1-250-TIPS(8477).