Vehicle thefts increase

Police are urging motorists to remove their valuables and lock their vehicles following a rash of thefts this summer.

Police are urging motorists to remove their valuables and lock their vehicles following a rash of thefts this summer.

Sgt. Mona Kauffeld said police have dealt with numerous thefts of trucks and boats over the summer.

On July 6 at 2:10 a.m., an officer attempted to pull over a truck towing a boat. The driver left in order to evade police.

While police recovered the GMC Suburban and Thunder Jet boat shortly afterward, the occupants had left.

On July 25, a Mastercraft X-2 speed boat was stolen from Lakeshore Drive.

That day, a 2002 Dodge Pickup was also stolen from Summerland.

The truck, a 2002 Dodge, was recovered Aug. 10 in Williams Lake but the boat has not been recovered.

Overnight on Aug. 1 to 2, seven vehicles were targeted in what police consider a string of related theft attempts.

On Aug. 2, a 2000 Ford F250 was taken from Woods Avenue and a 2008 Yamaha Grizzly ATV was taken from Prairie Valley Road.

The truck was recovered in West Kelowna on Aug. 20 but the ATV has not been recovered.

On Aug. 25, a Misty River aluminum boat and four-horsepower outboard were stolen from South Okanagan RV. They are worth around $3,000.

A Chevrolet Silverado four by four was stolen from Victoria Road the same day. Both were recovered on Bridgeman Road north of Summerland.

Kauffeld said it is important for motorists to secure their vehicle to reduce the risk of thefts.

She added that items left in a vehicle become targets for thieves.