Surrey residents urged to secure vehicles with new campaign

CITY CENTRE — Volunteers of Surrey RCMP and Surrey Crime Prevention Society (SCPS) were recently at Central City Shopping Centre handing out club steering-wheel locks in anticipation of the holiday season.

The RCMP, SCPS, City of Surrey and ICBC are teaming up again this year for the "Protect It. Lock It. Keep It." campaign.

With more traffic heading to shopping centres over the coming weeks, the team plans to educate residents on protecting their vehicles and anything left inside of them.

"We are pleased to support this campaign which targets a specific property crime that we see a distinct increase in at this time of year," Surrey RCMP Officer in Charge C/Supt. Bill Fordy said in a release. "Together with our enforcement efforts, a number of simple steps can go a long way in reducing its prevalence."

Rupinder Bal, a volunteer with Surrey RCMP, said the team handed out around 100 club steering-wheel locks at the mall on Nov. 6. RCMP and SCPC volunteers will also conduct daily parking lot audits checking for stolen vehicles using a mobile app that allows them to enter licence plates to crossreference any stolen vehicles.

The team will be handing out more steering-wheel locks at Guildford Town Centre on Nov. 29.

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