DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek RCMP has released more property crime tips to help residents protect their belongings.

While the detachment is committed to public safety and crime reduction, police say the community is needed to help prevent property crime from occurring.

The detachment says removing the opportunity for crime to happen is the easiest way to help.

Residents are reminded to not leave their car running with the keys inside and to not keep a spare key in the vehicle.

Police suggest community members install a GPS tracker inside their vehicle, and a security system as well as lighting on their property. Property owners should also make sure all locks on windows and doors, and alarms work properly.

If the homeowner is away, it is recommended that they ask someone to maintain their property.

The detachment also suggests not announcing a vacation or trip on social media.

“Published previously, most thefts of property or of vehicles are a crime of opportunity and the Dawson Creek RCMP urges the community to protect their belongings to help decrease the chance of thefts from occurring,” said the detachment in a release.

RCMP encourage the public to report any criminal or suspicious activity to police.

“Reports tell us where to look, who to look for, and where to patrol in the future. If you see a crime in progress, dial 911.”