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RCMP offer residents help to prevent thefts in Whitehorse

Whitehorse RCMP are warning the public to secure valuables that might be of interest to thieves, as there has been a recent increase in thefts in the area.

By Whitehorse Star on September 20, 2021

Whitehorse RCMP are warning the public to secure valuables that might be of interest to thieves, as there has been a recent increase in thefts in the area.

Between Sept. 1 and last Wednesday, police received more than 40 calls related to thefts or break-and-enters in the community.

In some of the cases, the value of the items stolen has exceeded $5,000. One case involved a home being entered at night.

Items reportedly stolen include tools and construction equipment, electronics, generators, wallets and purses, bicycles and boat motors, to name a few.

Some of the thefts appear to be targeted, with thieves knowing how and where to access secure compounds or to cut locks.

“Others are crimes of opportunity, committed without planning and with little or no premeditation,” police said Friday.

“Criminals are looking for valuables that they can easily get away with, like tools, bicycles, and other items left unattended – items that are easily grabbed from yards, cars or storage buildings.”

Police want the community to be aware of suspicious activities that they may observe in their neighbourhoods.

Sgt. Jolene Nason suggests that people create a routine of checking their property at a specific time each night to ensure their homes and yards are secure.

“Check your property by ensuring car doors are locked, garage doors are closed, and possessions are locked up and out of sight,” Nason said.

“Creating a habit of doing this at a specific time each night can keep valuables safe and prevent easy opportunities for criminals.”

Other tips to consider:

• Mark tools with a logo, symbol or name that cannot easily be removed;

• Write down and save or take photos of serial numbers for electronics, tools, bicycles, etc., so recovered items can be tracked back to their owners; and

• Deter thieves by setting up motion sensor lights or leaving outdoor lights on overnight.

General duty police are conducting proactive patrols during the times that thefts are likely to take place and are working with specialized units like the Forensics Identification Services to collect evidence.

After offences have taken place, the goal is to gather information that may allow investigators to identify people involved.

Anyone who sees suspicious behaviour in their neighbourhood or who has noticed property or possessions missing is encouraged to contact their local RCMP department or contact Crimestoppers at http://www.crimestoppersyukon.ca or via phone at 667-6715 to remain anonymous.

Comments (15)

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Groucho d'North on Sep 25, 2021 at 11:31 am

I am waiting for the news story describing how one of these poor, suffering thieves was caught and seriously injured by the store owner and how the balance of blame will start spinning. We all know what's coming: tales of woe, dependencies on toxic materials and all the social & cultural BS that means nothing towards justifying these 'ne'er-do-wells' committing crimes. Perhaps the Justice and social services agencies should research Broken Windows Theory to better understand this matter. Here, I'll make it easy: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/broken-windows-theory

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Keep on being a docile victim on Sep 24, 2021 at 6:04 pm

That's what I got out of this article; "Keep on being a docile victim"

Seriously, everyone knows that in Canada if a property crime happens the police are reactive. They come after the fact. Unfortunately, in our great country one only has to look at the recent cases of people defending their property and livelihoods (lives in some cases) from thieves and criminals, and you will see that even if you were 100% in the right and used appropriate (not excessive) force, the crown will do everything in its power to make sure your trip through the "justice" system bankrupts you even if you are innocent. Such is life.

I don't think I will live to see the equivalent of castle law but one day someone will have enough and they will once again be made out to be the bad guy simply for defending themselves.

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BB on Sep 23, 2021 at 2:13 pm

40 reported break ins in 14 days. I would estimate that another 40 people did not bother calling the police, based on prior experience where not only were their homes damaged and their belongings stolen, but they wasted their time and were strung along by the police who took no action, and may have also lectured them about how it was their fault in a round about way.

Every time the government adds another million dollar plus (or 10 million plus as the case may be), facility for drug users and/or drunks, and builds or buys facilities to house people who are on welfare, maybe they could invest 10% toward the functional majority by investing in a community patrol. I would guess that a million a month minimum is spent on all the different programs and facilities for those who have fallen between the cracks for whatever reason. $100,000 a month should be targeted toward reducing harm on the 90% of the population who are pre-occupied with working, raising kids, being kids, going to school, volunteering, and in other ways contributing to our community.

I am very serious about this. You can't spend all the resources on the little black sheep, and ignore the people who are working hard to create and contribute. It's time we made a plan to support the functional people as well, even if it is only 10% for the 90%, which means one / one hundreth per person for their security, that we spend on the dysfunctional.

The NDP is changing the fabric of our society. I am sure they are proud of themselves for doing so. Perhaps some of these services and changes are positive. I don't know if there are measurements being recorded to decide this. But what I do see is that this is making downtown and Riverdale, mainly, less liveable for everyone else, and that is a huge unnaccounted for cost. Making Whitehorse more welcoming for drug addicts in particular is causing problems that are spilling out across the city. We need some pushback and balance.

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Josey Wales on Sep 23, 2021 at 12:36 pm

Nothing some Castle laws, a few dogs and means to launch projectiles could not cull.
Seems B.O.L.E. acts as an incubator to the hug a thug syndrome?
...and as other duly noted, the chronic recidivists need a place to crash for the cold season.
Sand Pipers fly to Mexico for winter, our many state sanctioned recidivists prefer Range Road.
Kinda like a caribou migration, happens each year...traditionally speaking.

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Reality Post on Sep 23, 2021 at 10:53 am

Hate to break it to you all but it is not the RCMP’s fault that your home was broken into. People (jerks, thieves, drug dealers, addicts and more) live here and in every other city. Take their advice and do what you can to deter things in you your own yard and your own neighborhood. Yes! Start your own neighborhood watch. If you say you “never” see them patrolling your neighborhood, you’re wrong and you're not standing in front of your living room window 24/7. Get out from under your log and throw away your "blame-the-police-for-everything” hat.

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TMYK on Sep 23, 2021 at 8:10 am

These recommendations are dangerously close to "Don't wear short skirts in public."

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Lost in the Yukon on Sep 22, 2021 at 9:26 pm

Now I get it … it’s the victims fault.

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bonanzajoe on Sep 21, 2021 at 8:25 pm

Mr T. The perp may go to the hospital, but remember, this is Canada, you will go to jail and pay for the perps old age pension.

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bonanzajoe on Sep 21, 2021 at 8:23 pm

"General duty police are conducting proactive patrols during the times that thefts are likely to take place..." Ah ha ha ha ha ha. Thanks for the laugh after a dumb crazy election. The only time I see the police in my neighbourhood is when they are driving down the highway. I have been hit several times. When I reported it, I never even got a visit or a phone call from them. So, folks buy, a security camera. And put up a sign stating a security camera is in force. Cameras are not that expensive anymore.

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Mr T on Sep 21, 2021 at 1:07 pm

I pity the fool that breaks into my house while I am in there.

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Allan Stanley on Sep 21, 2021 at 11:59 am

It's become obvious!

We need our own City of Whitehorse police force.
Foot patrols in downtown and enforcement of basic traffic laws would be the first priority.

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Community involvement on Sep 20, 2021 at 11:43 pm

I know the RCMP are busy but I never, and I mean never, see them patrolling where I live, which is Porter Creek. So get Neighbourhood Watch going, get neighbours looking out for neighbours. And having actual consequences for the thieves, whether they are juvies or not....So sick of Whitehorse going downhill.

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Juniper Jackson on Sep 20, 2021 at 5:32 pm

No surprises here. The easy on crime Liberal program. If we could vote for judges this would look a little different.

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JC on Sep 20, 2021 at 4:35 pm

Wait, I'm confused... Which part of this is offering help?

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Sour don’t on Sep 20, 2021 at 4:32 pm

I think the public has largely given up on the police investigating or solving any of these property crimes. We’ll handle it from here boys.

Those 2 recovered decorative spoons were bizarrely the only proactive policing I’ve seen in the many decades I’ve been living here.

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