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Several car burglaries in Vanderhoof Sunday night

Several cars along Reid Drive in Vanderhoof were broken into Sunday night, some with items missing – others just rifled through.

A woman who lives on Reid Drive, wishing to stay anonymous, says residents on Reid and Vanderview have been dealing with a rash in similar incidents over the past two months.

“I have a dog so she kinda keeps an eye on things and wakes me up if I don’t hear anything and honestly I have a baseball bat that’s sitting right next to me know, I’m not afraid to take action if I need to.”

“People are definitely starting to get pretty angry, and they are willing to take it into their own hands.”

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But the Commander of the local detachment Svend Nielsen says while he understand the frustration, things should be left to the RCMP.

“People need to keep in mind that vigilante justice isn’t the answer and they need to contact us and have us try to come in and investigate and make sure that we are doing the things we can do to make the persons that are doing these things accountable.”

Nielsen says in many cases doors were not locked and valuables were left in plain sight. He also urges the public to report everything to the police, even if nothing was stolen.

“Because it does actually assist us the trends and what’s going on, we can make use of these events to have our crime analyst from North District come in and look and them. Sometimes we do get paths, and we’ve had people identified because of that.”

Nielsen says they normally get the odd such crime reported to them throughout the summer, calling Sunday’s incident “unique” and they’ve received more reports in one day than the whole summer.

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