Police urge public to not be afraid to report suspicious activity

Recently, John Fraser, who lives in Vanderhoof, was the victim of a break and enter.

John Fraser

John Fraser

Barbara LatkowskiCaledonia Courier


John Fraser sits sadly along the shores of Stuart Lake in Fort St. James.

Recently, Fraser who lives in Vanderhoof, was the victim of a break and enter.

“I’m just so upset. This has to stop,” Fraser said.

“And I’m not the only one who’s experienced this either. I wonder if it’s the same group who get out of jail and just do it all over again.”

According to Sgt. Poppy Hallam from the Fort St. James R.C.M.P., these types of offenders are continuously monitored.

“We always look at our prolific offenders and who might be under certain conditions. We do keep an eye especially on repeat offenders,” Hallam said.

For Fraser, the items stolen from his shed are irreplaceable.

“I can never replace this. Everything was worth thousands of dollars. I have no way of getting anything back,” Fraser said.

Among some of the stolen items were: a power saw, tools, an angle grinder and an 18 volt impact wrench.

In Fort St. James, the R.C.M.P. urges the public to report any suspicious activity.

“We do monitor property crime offenders through proactive policing but tips from the public are so valuable and could be the one lead we are looking for,” Hallam said.

“If you see someone driving around slowly in the middle of the night for example, don’t be afraid to call the Police.”

According to Hallam, thieves often use stolen vehicles when engaging in criminal activity.

“People are encouraged to call. We depend on the public’s help.”