Dawson Creek RCMP has been dealing with an increase in business break-ins in the downtown area. These break and enters have led to a number of damages including punched out door locks, broken windows and the possibility of stolen items or money.
The latest incident happened on October 27th at a business near 102nd Avenue and 10th Street. Video cameras show two to three men wearing hoodies and masks breaking into the business around midnight. The men then opened the cash register and took money. A few other items from the business were also reported stolen.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700 or CrimeStoppers.
RCMP say property owners can reduce the risk of becoming a victim by improving the physical security of their business and the surrounding area. With the help of local business owners, it has put together a list of tips to prevent future break-ins.
Invest in an alarm system and high-quality deadbolts
Empty all cash registers at the end of the night and leave the drawer open so potential thieves see there’s no cash
Keep the area around and in stores well lit
Make sure the store is visible from the street and any trees and bushes out front are trimmed so that there’s no place for people to hide
Check all windows and doors before leaving the building and consider adding bars
Keep valuables away from doors and windows
Officers are also willing to perform security checks on local businesses. Anyone who would like an evaluation of their business can call Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700.