Grand Forks RCMP responded to 77 files between July 23rd and 29th, which is a little more than they’d like to see. That from Sergeant Darryl Peppler who says five files were for thefts of under $5000 and three were for break and enters.

Peppler says there is one stolen item of note:

“There was a theft of a grinder from a local business, a Milwaukee brand M18 cordless four and a half inch grinder. It was stolen without the battery, and we’re just simply asking the public if they see it on any local buy and sell to let us know or report it to Crime Stoppers.”

He says unfortunately thefts can be common, but there are precautions you can take:

“Obviously your home is your castle and you need to protect it, bring stuff in at night and don’t leave stuff out. As far as businesses go, cameras are a great deterrent, having your staff out on the floor, eyes open looking around, anyone that does look suspicious you pay extra attention to them….”

Peppler adds that when it comes to theft in Grand Forks a lot of the cases are “crimes of opportunity”, when items are left insecurely in a car or left outside. Anyone with information is urged to contact the detachment or Crime Stoppers.