Current crime prevention campaign: Anti-theft
Theft in Kelowna and the Central Okanagan is on the rise. So... if you like your stuff - lock your doors!
Image of flyer being distributed in Kelowna to remind residents to lock doors
Nearly 70 per cent of all thefts are from vehicles or homes left unlocked and unsecured. Theft is a crime of opportunity. To take that opportunity away and protect your property:
- Remove valuables from vehicles;
- Lock vehicle doors and roll up windows;
- Lock front and back doors at home and secure windows.
Residents who notice a robbery or suspicious activity are asked to report it right away. By reporting, the RCMP can be fast to react and will have a greater chance of catching the criminals.
For information about theft and vandalism prevention, visit the RCMP in BC website. To report a theft or suspicious activity, call the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.
To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leave a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or text your tip to CRIMES (274637).
Investment in safety
The City of Kelowna takes crime prevention seriously, investing 24 per cent of tax dollars in Police Services and fostering a good reporting relationship with the RCMP. Currently, we are implementing a four-year police resourcing strategy, with 22 new staff being added by 2015. Check out the Police Services 2013 Year in Review for more details and highlights from the past year.
The City’s 2012 Citizens Survey ranked concerns about personal safety relatively low, while putting protective services as the top priority for community investment. Taken together, the findings tell us people generally feel safe in Kelowna and they want to continue investing in protective services to enhance community security.
Policing services for the City of Kelowna are provided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and guided by the RCMP Crime Reduction Strategy. The RCMP has proudly served Canadian communities for more than 130 years establishing a reputation as one of the most respected police forces in the world.
Check out the Kelowna RCMP history and Prosser's Police Resource Requirements report for more information.