The Prince Albert Police Service is reporting that property crime is trending upwards in the community and has initiated targeted patrols to address recent occurrences. Over the next few days, residents will see increased patrols across all areas of the city and are asked to report any suspicious activity to police, regardless of the time of day.
The increases follow a drop in property crime in May of this year, when the police service recorded 47 incidents of theft compared to 53 for May 2018.
Residents are urged to call police at 306-953-4222 anytime they spot suspicious activity. Residents can also report property crime using the Prince Albert Police Service’s online reporting tool or anonymously through the Crime Stoppers program. Those who submit information that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward through Crime Stoppers.
Consistent reporting of suspicious activity is imperative as police work to curb property crime, said Prince Albert Police Deputy Chief Jason Stonechild.
“We need residents to continually tell us what they’re seeing in the community as information from the public can be the best way to spot and deter theft,” Deputy Chief Stonechild added.
Home or business cameras, and video surveillance cameras can also be useful in property theft investigations, and the Prince Albert Police Service urges residents to submit any surveillance showing suspicious activity to police, either online through the reporting tool, or for a short period of time, by emailing [email protected]. Please include information about the time, location, and suspicions about the surveillance images.
Residents are reminded not to leave valuable items in plain view and to keep doors to their vehicles, homes, garages and sheds securely locked.
Keeping records that can identify stolen property, such as serial numbers, receipts or photographs can also aid police in investigating property thefts. Residents can also mark or engrave property with their name or a symbol to help identify items.