The advice RCMP and the City provided Brock Watch members is simple, but heeding it can make all the difference when it comes to being a victim of crime.
“We learned some good, valuable information,” Brock Watch organizer Elly Grabner said.
The first meeting between Brock Watch, the City and RCMP took place Tuesday night in the Centre for Seniors Information in Brock Shopping Centre.
About 12 people showed up, which Grabner believes is good for a first effort.
Much of the conversation concerned preventing break-ins to homes and vehicles, a crime that officers Bob Jones and George Buttles told the group is on the rise in Kamloops, said Grabner.
“It was stuff that seemed rather straightforward, but the fact of the matter is a lot of people have got complacent with that sort of stuff,” she said.
Residents’ doors and windows should be locked and a radio left on when not at home. When out at night, leave a light on.
Vehicles, too, should be locked and valuables removed when parked in a driveway, carport or garage. Grabner said her husband’s wallet was recently stolen from his vehicle because it was left unlocked.
She said a person might only forget to lock up once, but thieves tend to make return trips.
“People talk about the one day they left their vehicle unlocked, how weird of a coincidence it is (to be broken into),” she said. “But it’s not a coincidence. The same people are probably going around and lifting those handles all the time.”
Another piece of advice is to mix up routines. Grabner said always taking garbage out in the morning and bringing containers in at night tells a potential thief when you’re not home.
“They know exactly when you are coming and going,” she said.
Brock Watch intends to have three to four meetings a year with the authorities, each with a specific topic of discussion. Grabner said the group also plans to seek community association status.
For more information on Brock Watch, visit the group’s Facebook page.