Revelstoke thefts: Tell the police, not the Internet, RCMP ask

After hearing of a couple of break-ins in Southside in the night between Aug. 25 and Aug. 26, we called the Revelstoke RCMP for confirmation and to see if there had been more incidents. But, police say that's hard to tell because they feel a lot of property crimes aren't reported to them.

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Or maybe the headline should read, ‘Go ahead and tell the Internet, just don’t forget to tell police too.’

After hearing of a couple of break-ins in Southside in the night between Aug. 25 and Aug. 26, we called the Revelstoke RCMP for confirmation and to see if there had been more incidents.

The problem is, the incidents we’d heard about — and are quite sure actually happened — hadn’t been reported to police.

In an email reply to our query, Staff-Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky said that’s a problem.

“I am under the impression that too many people are reporting these matters on the Stoke List and not reporting to police,” Grabinsky wrote. “Without knowledge of these thefts, break and enters and losses of property, we cannot enter the serial numbers and locate stolen items.”

We checked over on the Stoke List, and sure enough, on Aug. 28, someone was reporting their mitre saw was stolen from their downtown yard the night before. (We’re not sure if that was reported to police.)

Grabinsky said if you have serial numbers for your valuables, and/or have etched your name or number into them, or have photos, police have a systems for tracking them down. But, they need to know the theft occurred in the first place.

On the record so far this month, it’s been pretty slow on the property crime front. RCMP stats show there have been three B&Es into cars, two break and enters (one was at Craigellachie), and a bike theft. But, who knows what’s really going on.

Other than that, lock it up out of sight, police advise.

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