Auto theft stats reflect decline in theft numbers

With the arrest of two people in a bait car over the weekend, RCMP say their efforts to combat auto crime are continuing to have an impact on local theft numbers.

“At one time, auto theft was a very serious issue in our community,” said Const. Steve Holmes.

Through partnerships with IMPACT (Integrated Municipal Provincial Auto Crime Team), the use of bait cars and a local police team targeting prolific offenders, Holmes said, “We’ve been able to reduce these numbers drastically.”

In 2006, the first year of the bait car program in Kelowna, there were 927 vehicle thefts. That number dropped to 605 thefts locally last year, RCMP statistics show.

“The bait car program continues to be a very useful and successful tool in the reduction of auto thefts in our community,” said Holmes.

The latest arrest as a result of a bait car happened on Sunday evening.

Around 6:40 p.m., RCMP received confirmation that a bait car had been stolen from the downtown core.

Some 15 minutes later, RCMP officers stopped the vehicle and arrested two Kelowna residents—a 35-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman.

Court records indicate a charge of theft of a motor vehicle has been laid against 35-year-old Christian Joseph Denis Cote.

He was released from custody on Monday and was expected to appear in court Tuesday afternoon. Results of that court appearance were not known at press deadline.


We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Welfare rates leave bad taste
Former fire chief wins director’s seat in Area B
Bus issue gets shuttled
Update: Fire on Fairview
Salvation Army kettle campaign rings in
Okanagan Skaha SD 67 trustees will focus on relationships with teachers
Victims of Montreal Massacre honoured at vigil held in Prince Rupert
Locals purchase Montane Terraces
Emergency sparks co-operative effort

Community Events, November 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Nov 21 edition online now. Browse the archives.