RCMP: Don’t let thieves steal your holiday joy

Chilliwack RCMP offer tips on how to keep your home and your neighbourhood safe from crime

As Chilliwack prepares for the Christmas season, local RCMP are reminding residents to protect their property from Grinches trying to steal their holiday cheer.

This time of year offers thieves greater opportunity to target shoppers and home owners as they purchase gifts for family and friends, says Cpl. Mike Rail spokesperson for the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment.

“Officers will be patrolling during the season,” he says, “however, neighbours watching out for their neighbours and reporting suspicious activity to police is a powerful means to keep our communities safe – not only at Christmas, but throughout the entire year.”

Rail offers some other helpful tips to protect your property and reduce crime in the community;

• Always lock your vehicle doors.

• Do not leave valuables in plain view inside of your vehicle.

• Remove valuables from your vehicle once you have parked for the night.

• Remove remote garage door openers from your vehicle once you have parked for the night

• At home lock your windows and doors even when you are home and working outside.

• Check your mail daily.

• Light up your home at night. Lighting is the most effective crime prevention tool since criminals do not want to be seen.

For those planning to travel over the Christmas Season:

• Have someone check your home daily.

• Arrange to have newspapers and flyers picked up from the front of your home.

• Have the mail picked up daily or have the post office hold your mail while way.

For more tips to help keep your property from theft visit the RCMP or ICBC website.

RCMP also remind residents that if they see anything they believe to be suspicious contact the police or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Just Posted

Gas prices in Metro Vancouver hit 172.9 cents a litre

And one analyst expects it to only go higher this week

Mixed bag of weather ahead for Chilliwack

Week starts off with rain before clearing for sunnier days midweek

Watercolours by late Chilliwack artist to be unveiled at Yarrow Library

The public is invited to a special unveiling of three of Heinz Klassen’s watercolour paintings

Yarrow Library one of the stops on Cubetto’s grand tour

FVRL’s friendly wooden robot, Cubetto, travels throughout Fraser Valley to teach programming basics

No home for Agassiz Community Garden on school district land

The garden is still homeless after SD78 said no to the society using the McCaffrey School property

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

Elizabeth May’s wedding dress a ‘walk through a garden’ on Earth Day

Green Party leader set to get married in Victoria

5 to start your day

Gas prices soar to new heights, no major incidents at Vancouver’s 4/20, and more

Bodies of 3 mountain climbers recovered after last week’s Banff avalanche

The men disappeared while attempting to climb the east face of Howse Peak in the Icefields Parkway

Happy birthday: Queen Elizabeth II turns 93 on Easter Sunday

Sunday is the first of two birthday celebrations each year for the queen

RCMP confirm witnesses say body found at Kelowna’s Gyro Beach

Police tape is blocking part of the beach and several RCMP officers are on scene.

Police say ‘no major incidents’ at 4/20, Vancouver Park Board assessing

The first smoke-out held since legalization saw 60,000 people at Vancouver’s Sunset Beach

VIDEO: Langley firefighters spend hours battling blaze in vacant home

Cause of the late-night fire in Willoughby is still under investigation

B.C. fire department rescues kittens

Enderby homeowner not aware kittens in wood pile near garbage pile fire that got out of hand

Most Read