Alberni RCMP warn public about Valley-wide crime spree

A rash of break and enters and vandalism has prompted Port Alberni RCMP to ask the public to be vigilant about their yards and belongings.

A rash of break and enters and vandalism has prompted police to ask the public to be vigilant about their yards and belongings.

According to Port Alberni RCMP Const. Shelly Schedewitz, the crime spike started on Sunday, June 17. There has been a significant increase in property crime that has continued unabated since.

The latest incident was reported on Thursday, June 21 and included damage to property and vehicles, stolen property and spray-painting graffiti.

Other incidents involved the same things: vandalism, forced entry into cars, theft and spray-painting graffiti, Schedewitz said.

“We’re hoping people are on their toes a little more. Don’t hesitate to report suspicious activity,” Schedewitz said.

The incidents haven’t followed a pattern nor are they restricted to one part of town. Instead, they have occurred all over the Alberni Valley, she said.

“We’re not sure if it is the same person committing the crimes or a group,” she added.

Police are asking the public to be extra vigilant about their property.

“We advise residents to lock all doors and windows on their cars. And to not leave GPS devices, iPods, money, wallets or purses inside their vehicles,” Schedewitz said.

Police are also asking residents to leave a light on outside at night, and to report anything out of the ordinary to police. “This is a serious issue and it needs to stop,” she said.

Anyone with any information about these incidents is asked to call the Port Alberni detachment at 250-723-2424 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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