Police stepping up patrols, asking for assistance in effort to curb property crime

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The Prince Albert Police Service (PAPS) is increasing targeted patrols to address a recent upward trend in reported property crime.

According to a news release sent out Friday afternoon, the increase in property crime follows a drop in May of this year, where the police recorded 47 incidents of theft, as compared to 53 the year prior.

The police said that property crime is trending upwards in the community.

“Over the next few days, resid4nts will see increased patrols across all areas of the city, and are asked to report any suspicious activity to police, regardless of the time of day,” PAPS wrote in a news release.

“Consistent reporting of suspicious activity is imperative as police work to curb property crime.”

Residents are urged to call 306-953-4222 anytime they spot suspicious activity. Residents can also report property crime using the police force’s online reporting tool, or anonymously through the Crime Stoppers program.

If you submit information that leads to an arrest through Crime Stoppers, you may be eligible for a cash reward.

“We need residents to continually tell us what they’re seeing in the community as information from the public can be the best way to spot and deter theft,” Deputy Chief Stonechild was quoted as saying.

Home and business cameras, as well as video surveillance cameras, can be useful in property crime investigations. The police service is asking residents to submit any surveillance showing suspicious activity to police, online through the reporting tool, or, for a short time, by emailing policerecords@papolcie.ca.

Include information about the time, location and suspicious about the surveillance footage.

Residents are also being reminded by the police not to leave valuable items in plain view and to lock their doors, homes, garages, vehicles and sheds.

Information such as serial numbers, receipts or photos of stolen property can also help police. Residents can also mark or engrave their property with their name or a symbol to identify the items.