RCMP volunteers step up parking lot patrols during the holidays

Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country, Volunteer Program

2017-12-13 15:14 PST

(left to right) RCMP Volunteer peers into a parked vehicle with items left clearly visible inside, RCMP Volunteers interact with members of the general public in downtown Kelowna;

Volunteers throughout the Kelowna Regional Detachment area will once again be out on patrol, doing their part to deter criminal opportunists, while they hope provide some peace of mind to the public, who will busy shopping at local shopping malls and other popular retail areas.

Patrols have already begun across the entire Central Okanagan.

This past Monday December 11th, Citizen’s On Patrol (COP) volunteers of the Kelowna RCMP began their seasonal crime prevention patrols of local Kelowna mall and retail store parking lots. While nearly 80 volunteers throughout the Regional District of Central Okanagan, which includes the City of West Kelowna, the District of Peachland and the District of Lake Country set out on patrol the first weekend of December.

In Kelowna, the general public can expect to see their highly visible Citizen’s On Patrol volunteers actively patrolling parking lots in marked volunteer vehicles, while handing out the City of Kelowna Holiday Edition DON’T BE AN EASY target tip cards.

DON’T BE AN EASY target, Holiday Edition, Information and Tips card from the Kelowna RCMP and City of Kelowna;

As Christmas approaches, RCMP Volunteers throughout the Central Okanagan will be increasing the frequency of their parking lot patrols, which take place morning, afternoon and into the evening.

Residents may see volunteers, throughout the Regional District of Central Okanagan, distribute Crime Prevention Notices to vehicles that are observed secure with an anti-theft device in use, unlocked and insecure or with valuables visible inside.

Volunteers may also take the time to leave friendly reminders to vehicle owners should they spot expired validation decals, which is often an indicator that the vehicles insurance has expired.

Please be sure you take the time to greet and personally thank our dedicated volunteers for their invaluable service to all our communities, says Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.

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Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey

Media Relations Officer
Kelowna RCMP
1190 Richter Street, Kelowna, B.C. V1Y 2K7
Office: (250) 762-3300
Fax: (250) 470-6348

Email: jesse.odonaghey@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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