Coquitlam RCMP has isolated a rash of theft of and from inside vehicles around the École Kwayhquilum Middle School on the north side of Port Coquitlam.
The crime “hotspot” extends from Lincoln Avenue in the North to Lougheed Highway in the south, and from the Shaughnessy Street in the west to Oxford Street.
To prevent theft, Coquitlam RCMP recommends parking in well-lit areas with lots of traffic to serve as “natural surveillance.” Getting to know your neighbours is an important step in noticing suspicious activity. But so are basic precautions like locking your doors, rolling up your windows, and using an anti-theft device.
The RCMP reports crime hotspots every two weeks, identifying specific neighbourhoods, businesses or public spaces where there’s a disproportionate amount of crime.
Police ask residents to report a crime or suspicious activity by calling 604-945-1550 for non-emergencies and 911 for emergencies.