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RCMP volunteers help monitor speeding, thefts

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 12:24 PDT, Tue July 20, 2021

As pandemic restrictions began to ease in June, Richmond RCMP volunteers became more active, focusing on the “Speed Watch” and “Lock-Out Auto-Crime” programs.

The “Speed Watch” program positions volunteers at locations around the city where traffic speeds are concerning. Volunteers use an automated machine to monitor traffic speeds and record the license plates of speeding vehicles, whose owners later get warning letters in the mail. In June, these volunteers checked 2,778 vehicles and issued 96 warning letters.

The “Lock-Out Auto-Crime” group focuses on parking areas in the city where there has been an increase in thefts from vehicles. Volunteers look in parked vehicles for things inside that might be attractive to thieves, and send letters to registered owners reminding them not to leave valuable items inside their vehicles. In June, volunteers inspected 1,745 vehicles and issued 118 reminder letters.

“‘Speed Watch’ and ‘Lock-Out Auto-Crime’ are two proactive initiatives which compliment the ongoing enforcement and investigations being done by the Richmond RCMP Road Safety and Property Crime units,” says Richmond RCMP Cpl. Ian Henderson. “As B.C. shifts into Step 3 of its restart plan, we look forward to reconnecting with more of our volunteers. Over the summer, Richmond RCMP will be ramping up these kinds of initiatives while still adhering to the guidelines and recommendations of the provincial health officer.”

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer can check out the Richmond RCMP website bc-cb.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ or contact the Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212.

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