Judy Kucharuk: Don’t fall victim to petty thieves

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It happens daily. Trucks, truck and trailers, holiday trailers, boats, snowmobiles and quads, heavy equipment — all gone in a matter of moments. Poof!

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Taken from parking lots, from in front of homes, from behind locked chain link fences – nothing seems to be safe any longer.

Footage from doorbell cameras and security cameras is posted online and yet we still cannot identify the thief or thieves.

RCMP on both sides of the border work overtime to try and apprehend the culprits, but in the meantime we can only watch and wait and hope that we have: padlocked enough, have enough security cameras, taken every precaution possible in order to avoid becoming a victim.

“Yeah, they just cut the padlock,” or, “They avoided the security camera,” or, “They just cut the fence,” are typical comments that I have read on some of the pages created to quickly spread the word of thefts or attempted thefts of property.

How do we channel our burgeoning fury and frustration strategically to lessen our chances of becoming a victim?

There are the no-brainers of course: 1) Lock your vehicle, and 2) Do not leave valuables in your vehicle – valuables include things like keepsakes, urns full of Nana’s ashes (yes, I have read about ashes being stolen from vehicles), camera’s, laptops, PETS, etc., and small amounts of coin in your console. Basically, don’t leave anything in your vehicle unless you are prepared to lose it to a thief.

Do cameras help? Probably, if it’s high enough definition. Older systems capture images reminiscent of an etch-a-sketch, but the newer ones have decent quality so that we at least can catch the thief waving as he or she drives off in your new pickup. 

Do you report suspicious activity? Do you keep an eye out for your neighbours property when they are out of town? Do they watch your property when you are out of town?

What if you do everything right and you still lose your property to theft? Do you have the serial number recorded somewhere? Do you have a photo of the item? Do you know if it has any identifying features that make it unique?

Yes, it has come to this – recording serial numbers of items like generators, engraving tools with initials, taking photos of all of our toys so that if they are found, that we might get them back.

Lastly – do you have insurance for the item? At the end of the day, that might be the only thing that softens the blow.

Judy Kucharuk is a community columnist living in Dawson Creek.

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