Salmon Arm RCMP report 10% increase in calls to start 2020

It’s been a busy start to 2020 for police in Salmon Arm.

On Tuesday, the RCMP detachment issued a press release, stating they’ve responded to more than 1,100 calls for service in the first two months of 2020.

Staff Sgt. Scott West said the total is a 10-per cent increase when compared to January and February in 2019.

As to what types of calls police are receiving, West said theft from motor vehicles rose to 41 from 25, while frauds and scams are up slightly from last year.

In response, police issued several tips “in an effort to protect community residents from falling victim to common crimes.”

To help prevent theft from motor vehicles, police say:

  • Lock your vehicle at all times, especially overnight.
  • Remove all valuables from inside your vehicle.
  • The most common items targeted in theft from vehicles include sun glasses, purses and wallets, personal identification, electronic devices, spare keys, and money.
  • Report all suspicious activity to your local police immediately.

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