Bella Coola Detachment Media Release April 2014

Bella Coola RCMP Detachment Media Release April 2014

In the past week there has been a sharp increase in reports of break and enters to residences. Predominantly the suspects have gained access through unlocked doors and windows. Unfortunately, the presence of thieves requires that homes, outbuilding and vehicles be locked when they are unattended as these offences have been crimes of opportunity, since there was no security to overcome, the thieves entered and helped themselves.

Members of the Bella Coola Detachment are available to attend individual businesses’ and residences to provide advice on securing properties and using inexpensive theft deterrence practices. As well, if you are going to be away from home trusted neighbours, friends and family can be advised to watch your property. Any unknown persons on the property should result in a call to the Detachment for assistance.

Two Bicycles were found abandoned in Bella Coola on March 26th, 2014. The owners of the bikes can claim them by identifying them at the detachment. Proof of ownership (receipt or serial number) will assist to unite the bikes with their owners. (Bella Coola File 2014-231)

In the past week Bella Coola Detachment has dealt with two files regarding dogs biting people. In both cases the dogs were not tied or in fenced yards, fortunately none of the injuries inflicted were serious.

Dog owners are reminded that they are responsible for their dogs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Dogs are only reliably controlled by being tied or fenced. Damages caused by their pets are also their responsibility, whether it is to property, livestock or humans.

Consider the effect of a bite to a child, emotionally and physically and ask yourself whether you have control of your dog. Children are often the victims of dog bites because their faces are close to the dog’s muzzle; the damages can be catastrophic.

Dogs left to roam develop into packs and their aggression escalates very quickly, they can endanger able-bodied adult pedestrians as well as our children and seniors. If you are unable to deal with your dog that roams, seek assistance from the SPCA at SPCA.CA, or consider giving the dog away. (Bella Coola files 14-241 and 14-254)

If you have information regarding these incidents or any other criminal activity, please call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477 or the Bella Coola RCMP at 250 799-5363.  Crime stoppers also subscribes to web tips at www.bccrimestoppers.com. Callers remain anonymous and tips can lead to cash rewards.