Fort Simpson RCMP lay charges in relation to string of vehicle’s entered without permission

Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories – The Fort Simpson RCMP have arrested and charged two male youths with two counts of Theft of a Motor Vehicle and one count of Mischief each. The charges stem from an investigation into a string of related vehicle break ins and thefts reported to police on January 19th, 2021. A third youth has been channelled to Restorative Justice.

On January 19, RCMP received a report that a vehicle appeared to have been entered. They began an investigation, and the evidence and information led the investigators to other incidents that had occurred. The investigation eventually led the officers to bring charges against two youth and a restorative justice referral to a third.

“It is extremely important that citizens report all suspicious activity to police, regardless of the type or severity of the incident, at this may contribute to a larger picture, as it did in this case” states Cpl Billie Gardiner, Acting Fort Simpson RCMP Detachment Commander.

The Fort Simpson RCMP would like to remind the public to:

Remove all valuables from the vehicle, (e.g.: loose change, mail, packages, GPS units, garage door openers and cell phones)

If your keys are stolen, immediately change the locks for the keys that have gone missing, including residences and vehicles

Never leave a running vehicle unattended. If your keys must be in the ignition to warm it up, citizens should remain with their vehicle

Install a remote starter if possible, however, always make sure the vehicle is locked

Never leave children or pets unattended in a running vehicle

Vehicles equipped with a keyless ignition can still be stolen if left running, even with the key fob removed from the vehicle

Report suspicious activity to police

The RCMP are dedicated to ensuring the safety of our communities and police ask vehicle owners to follow these steps to ensure they do not become victims of this preventable crime.

If a vehicle is broken into, or entered and items taken, it can be frustrating and inconvenient for the vehicle owners. It can also create a potentially dangerous situation to the public if the vehicle is stolen. RCMP encourage all persons who may have had their vehicle entered to contact the police. The RCMP documents such incidents, records any items taken for comparison with found property, tracks the locations, and uses the information to seek means to prevent such crimes.

“Reporting suspicious activity to the RCMP is key to stopping these types of activities” concludes Cpl Gardiner.

If you see illegal or suspicious activity, call your local RCMP detachment, for Fort Simpson 695-1111, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or text: “nwtnutips” plus your message to 274637

Fort Simpson RCMP

Northwest Territories RCMP

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