Partnership leads to bait package initiative

Prince George

2019-12-11 12:34 PST

File # 2019-07504

E-commerce in Canada is a multi-billion dollar industry and growing. As more consumers look on-line to make their purchases, more thieves will target the packages left on door steps and in mail boxes.

Earlier this year, Cst. Brent Benbow, a frontline officer with the Prince George RCMP, contacted online retailer Amazon to discuss the theft of their packages from doorsteps and mail boxes in our community.

As a result of that correspondence, Amazon provided packaging, real products and surveillance technology to assist Cst. Benbow and other officers in identifying and arresting those persons responsible for these types of thefts.

Image of Cst. Brent Benbow standing next to Amazon packaging as he speaks to media in Prince George.

Image of Cst. Brent Benbow standing next to Amazon packaging as he speaks to media in Prince George.

With the help of select residents of Prince George, the Detachment’s bait package program was launched. This partnership with Amazon is the first of its kind in Canada.

Just like us, Amazon recognizes that package theft is an issue says Cst. Brent Benbow, officer leading this initiative. They were very thankful we are addressing it and were excited to support us in our efforts. It’s always helpful to have partners in the community who support our efforts to stop property crime.

To date, bait packages have been deployed over 50 times at various locations in our Detachment area, with a total of three activations.

One of these investigations has led to the arrest of a 37 year old male Prince George resident. The investigation has been submitted to the BC Prosecution Service for consideration of charges.

Our hope is that this initiative will lead to many more arrests of persons looking to ruin the holidays for families in our community.

This initiative is an excellent example of the proactive efforts and outside the box thinking that our officers are coming up with to fight property crime in our community says Supt. Shaun Wright, Officer in Charge of the Prince George RCMP. Cst. Benbow has done a great job launching this project while navigating the challenges of his regular duties.

With the holiday season upon us, thousands of packages are being delivered daily. We ask the community to take steps to prevent being a victim of this type of theft.

The Prince George RCMP want to provide some tips to help those that shop online:

If you are a victim of a theft, please contact the prince George RCMP at 250-561-3300 to report the incident.
 

Released by

Cpl. Craig Douglass

Communications NCO / Media Relations Officer
Prince George RCMP
princegeorge.rcmp.ca
455 Victoria Street, Prince George, BC, V2L 0B7
Office: 250-561-3321
Cell: 250-640-1758

Email: pg_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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