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DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – RCMP in Dawson Creek has noticed a spike in vehicle thefts the last month.

Between October 1st and November 1st, police created 23 reported theft of auto files.

Two of which have been reported in the last 12 hours, according to an RCMP tweet.

According to a release, some of the thefts involved keys being left in vehicles, vehicles left running while occupants went inside businesses, and the anti-theft device was not in use—mostly on older model pickups.

RCMP is urging residents to secure their vehicles when not in use and has released some tips to help prevent vehicle theft:

And as always, if residents see anything suspicious or spot a potentially stolen vehicle, contact the RCMP immediately.

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