But Chilliwack RCMP are warning hockey fans to lock their vehicles and leave their valuables at home when they come to cheer for the hometown team this weekend.
The Prospera Centre, where the Chiefs are playing two home games this weekend, has been identified by the RCMP as a crime “hot spot” in the past couple of months due to the concentration of crimes “specifically relating to vehicles,” Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth said in a news release.
“We would like to remind people to always lock their vehicle and never leave valuable items or garage door openers in their vehicles,” she said. “This alone will help deter thieves, as thefts from vehicles are primarily crimes of opportunity.”
RCMP Auxiliary officers will be on hand for both Chiefs games, she added, patrolling the Prospera parking lot and making sure vehicles are locked and owners informed about how to prevent auto-related crime.
ICBC officials and members of the SAFER City group will also be at the Prospera Centre to promote March as Auto Theft Awareness month, and to provide the community with helpful information on how they can help deter criminals in the area.
“The police would like the community to know that we have recognized and identified the area around Prospera Centre as a target for property-related crimes and are taking action to ensure we are staying connected to our community and their concerns,” Hollingsworth said.