Osoyoos RCMP have a new tool to help patrol the borders and beaches this summer.
A Utility Terrain Vehicle has been purchased to allow better access to the areas.
“The UTV enables the members to team up with Osoyoos bylaw officers during beach patrols and will provide a more well-rounded and quicker response to remote areas,” said Cpl. Jason Bayda.
On May 28 and 29 the Osoyoos RCMP conducted training on the vehicle with their members.
Rise of theft from vehicles
A spike in thefts from vehicles has prompted Osoyoos RCMP to issues a reminder to vehicle owners.
According to Mounties, many of the thefts have occurred from vehicles that were left unlocked. They are reminding people to keep their unoccupied vehicles locked and remove valuable possessions, or at the very least place them out of sight.
“Many of these thefts could have been prevented by simply locking the vehicle,” said Bayda.
A visitor to Osoyoos lost their Porsche for 30 days and had his driver’s licence suspended for 90 days after RCMP conducted a vehicle stop on June 1.
It was just after midnight on June 1 when police stopped the Porsche on Main Street. Mounties said the driver displayed signs of liquor consumption and provided two samples of his breath into a road side screening device. Both of which provided a “Fail” result, which Bayda said indicates the driver’s blood/alcohol concentration was in excess of 100 mgs.