Local Mounties are getting flooded with calls about sticky fingers and hot dogs, prompting them to send out a warning to be careful about what you leave in the car as the mercury rises.
“Over the last few weeks, Kelowna has gotten the weather it was waiting for, leading people to the beaches and parks to enjoy the sun,” said Const. Kris Clark.
“Unfortunately, things are getting left in vehicles because there’s no pocket in which to carry them. Cell phones, electronics, wallets and other valuables are being stolen from cars at an alarming pace throughout Kelowna, which is prompting police to remind everyone that their vehicle is not a safe place to leave such things, regardless of whether or not it’s locked.”
It may not be safe for knickknacks, pointed out Clark, but it’s deadly for dogs.
“Our vehicles are nice and cozy when the air conditioning is running, but become an oven when they sit in the sun,” he said.
“Leaving your dog or child in the car, even for a ‘minute’ to run in to get something, can have devastating consequences.”
The Kelowna RCMP has seen an increase in calls for service regarding dogs in cars over the last little while, and often deal with multiple incidents in the same parking lot!
“Whether it be valuables or the furry family friend, please, don’t leave them in your car,” he said.