Hole-in-one for North Van owner of stolen golf clubs
2020-09-22 11:36 PDT
File # 2020-24839
Thanks to an ace high school principal, North Vancouver RCMP were able to return a stolen set of expensive golf clubs to their rightful owner.
The observant school principal spotted the set of Callaway clubs with what RCMP described as an eagle eye. They appeared to be wedged under one of the buses in the school parking lot. The clubs had to be removed before anyone could drive the bus.
"An officer searched our police database and found a flag for 'Callaway' on a burglary report," said Sgt. Peter DeVries of the North Vancouver RCMP. "Burglary cases are not always resolved in such a fair way," he said. "When we are able to return stolen property to its rightful owner, we try to bring that story to the fore. It's lucky this principal was so on the ball."
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DeVries acknowledged the positive ending to this story is not exactly par for the course. "That's why we remain committed with an iron will to educating our community about theft prevention, and to putting those responsible in front of a judge whenever we can." The investigation into the burglary continues, said DeVries, and officers are hoping for a break in the case.
"We understand hearing these kinds of stories can also make people whose property was never recovered, a little green with envy. So, we hope this good news doesn't drive a wedge between people in the community. Nobody wants a neighbour with a chip on their shoulder."
RCMP are offering some suggestions to help avoid getting teed off by burglars:
- Get to know one another – residents should become familiar with the routine in their neighbourhoods.
- Be aware of strangers and look out for each other.
- Leave keys and emergency phone numbers with a trusted neighbour.
- Keep up appearances – a well-tended neighbourhood is less attractive to criminals and vandals.
- Get involved in crime prevention – join North Vancouver's Block Watch, a program that brings concerned citizens and police together to reduce crime in neighbourhoods.
Secure Your Home
- Close blinds and curtains at night so that a burglar can't scope out your belongings.
- Lock all doors and windows before leaving your home.
- Lock windows so that they can't be opened from the outside.
Make It Look Like You're Always Home
- Use timers to maintain normal lighting patterns.
- Leave a radio on when you are away from your home for short periods of time.
Sgt. Peter DeVriesMedia Relations Officer
North Vancouver RCMP
nvan.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
147 East 14th St, North Van., BC, V7L 2N4
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