Don’t let the Grinch steal your Christmas

Coquitlam, Public Alert

2023-12-08 11:52 PST

As the holiday season is upon us, more people are shopping and attending parties with gifts and valuables in their vehicles. Coquitlam RCMP are reminding the public to refrain from leaving valuables in their vehicles for opportunistic thieves to steal.

The Grinch peering through the window of a vehicle full of packages and presents

View a larger image: The Grinch peering through the window of a vehicle full of packages and presents

Coquitlam RCMP want to empower the public to take holiday auto crime safety precautions to avoid falling victim to opportunistic Grinches.

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For more tips, visit BC RCMP: Christmas shopping Safety and Holiday Season Safety Tips

Every year during the holiday season, we see opportunistic auto crime occur as more people leave valuables in their vehicle unattended while they continue holiday shopping or attend gatherings, said Media Relations Officer, Corporal Alexa Hodgins. The public can take precautionary steps to help deter thieves by properly securing their valuables and vehicles.

According to the Coquitlam RCMP Property Crime Dashboard, in 2022, there were 865 Thefts from Autos in Coquitlam, with 45 occurring during the month of December. In Port Coquitlam during the same time, there were 146 Theft from Autos, with 9 occurring in the month of December. In 2021, there were 806 Theft from Autos in Coquitlam and 134 in Port Coquitlam. Of those incidents, 49 occurred in Coquitlam and 11 in Port Coquitlam during the month of December.

Coquitlam RCMP Community Policing Volunteers, Police officers and ICBC standing outside Coquitlam Centre holding auto crime information packages

View a larger image: Coquitlam RCMP Community Policing Volunteers, Police officers and ICBC standing outside Coquitlam Centre holding auto crime information packages

Coquitlam RCMP Community Volunteers are out and about in our neighbourhoods to enhance our safety messaging. In the month of December, our volunteers are conducting foot patrols in major parking lots to help police create safer neighbourhoods, reduce crime and enhance public safety. They will be inspecting parked vehicles for visible valuables and providing reminders for the owners.

To learn more about our Volunteer programs, visit: Community Policing and Volunteer Programs

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Cpl. Alexa Hodgins
Media Relations Officer
Coquitlam RCMP
2986 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, B.C V3B 7Y5
Office: 604-945-1580

Email: coquitlam_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Website: coquitlam.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)

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