August 26, 2014 6:34 pm

Kelowna RCMP: Lock it or lose it

Kelowna RCMP report a spike in property crime in recent weeks -- particularly in the Rutland area.

Kelly Hayes/Global News

KELOWNA — Kelowna RCMP say they’re crimes of opportunity and they’re on the rise.

RCMP are growing concerned about the increase in residential break-ins in Kelowna — particularly in the Rutland area.

They say more than half of the reported residential break-ins can be attributed to homeowners’ having left their residence unsecured.

“Most or the break-ins are the result of windows being left open, doors being left unlocked and vehicles left unlock,” says Superintendent Nick Romanchuk. “We’d ideally like to provide a community where you don’t have to lock your windows and doors but we’re not there.”

Kelowna isn’t the only community seeing a spike in property crimes.

RCMP in Oliver are investigating a break-and-enter at a storage facility.

They say at least seven lockers were broken into overnight Monday.

Police are currently gathering an inventory of what was stolen.

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