More people are calling the Campbell River RCMP.

It’s responded to over 3400 calls for service since Jan. 1st, an increase of around 7.5% when compared to last year.

In terms of criminal activity, Cst. Maury Tyre says reports of property crime continue to soar.

“Part of the increase we are seeing is a willingness of people to report minor property offences that may not have been there in past years,” Tyre says. “However, we continue to have issues with theft from motor vehicles and theft of bicycles.” 

Police have arrested numerous people in regards to property crime, but suspects are usually released until they can stand trial at a later date.

“Patrols have been stepped up in areas that have seen sharp increases in criminal activity such as Discovery Harbour parking areas and Tyee Plaza parking areas, but calls for service routinely pull officers away from those patrols.”

You’re reminded to make sure your car doors are locked at all times and no valuables left inside.

“Many of the crimes to vehicles have occurred to vehicles that are left unattended for several days. It is also a good idea to avoid leaving vehicles long term in non-secure areas if at all possible,” Tyre adds.