Thefts increase in Summerland

Police in Summerland were kept busy as the number of thefts in the community increased during the summer and early fall.

Police in Summerland were kept busy as the number of thefts in the community increased during the summer and early fall.

Last week, Sgt. Mona Kauffeld of the Summerland RCMP detachment presented the quarterly policing statistics.

There were 22 thefts from vehicles reported in the third quarter of this year, compared with 23 in the same period in 2011, but the total number this year is higher.

Since the beginning of 2012, 43 thefts from vehicles have been reported, compared with 38 from January to September, 2011.

Vehicle thefts showed a marked increase, with 12 cases reported in the third quarter this year, up from five in the same period last year.

Kauffeld said many of the vehicle thefts were trucks, trailers and boats or all-terrain vehicles.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been 23 thefts of vehicles, compared with 10 in the first nine months of 2011.

The number of break and enters also rose from nine in the third quarter of 2011 to 13 in the third quarter of 2012.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been 29 break and enters reported, up from 22 in the same time period a year earlier.

While the number of other thefts is down slightly in the third quarter of the year, from 26 to 22, there have been more thefts overall this year, with 54 cases this year, up from 49 in the same period in 2011.

While many of the other break and enters have been at sheds and unsecured buildings, the Summerland landfill has also been a target this year.

Often, these are attempts to steal scrap metal for resale.


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