FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP again reminds residents to lock up their vehicles after reports of multiple break-ins as of late.
Recently, a local construction company, DFI, released surveillance footage from the Family Day long weekend, showing a man entering vehicles outside their building.
The man arrived at the building in the evening in a black truck and seemed to be checking parked vehicles of DFI employees to see if they were unlocked.
DFI posted on their Facebook page asking if anyone had information on the truck or the person involved.
“It’s sad to see when there are so many companies looking for people to work that someone feels the need to steal from someone who is just trying to provide for their family,” said a DFI social media post.
Anyone with information on this specific incident can contact the detachment at 250-787-8100. The file number is #2022-1539.
Police advise vehicle owners to avoid these types of incidents by making sure their vehicle is locked when it’s not in use.
The detachment says they have received multiple reports of theft from unlocked vehicles over the past couple of months that usually take place overnight.
“On some occasions, the vehicle has been left unlocked, and the keys have been left in the vehicle, and the report comes to police as a theft of vehicle,” said the statement.
Vehicle owners can actually face an $85 fine for not locking their vehicles, according to police.
“Thieves are always looking for easy targets. There have been times when individuals walk down a street checking the doors and windows on every vehicle they come across, testing to see if they are unsecure and if there is anything worth stealing. If the keys are in the vehicle, the vehicle usually get stolen and often not located.”
The detachment says making sure a vehicle is locked will prevent significant loss of valuable items and documents, as well as the loss of a vehicle and the cost related to trying to recover it or replace it for the owner.