MP Dan Albas is seeking the Town of Oliver’s help in getting tough on looters who prey on victims during disasters and evacuation orders.
The MP for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola sent a letter to the Town regarding his private member’s bill that proposes to amend the Criminal Code.
He said there are people who take advantage of public emergencies to loot homes. His bill would designate stiffer penalties for people who break the law and loot during these crises.
“This legislation would help provide peace of mind for citizens under an evacuation order, as they would know that the criminal justice system has their back,” Albas said.
West Kelowna Mayor Gord Milsom supports the bill, saying his community has experienced these “atrocious” and “despicable” crimes on multiple occasions (during floods and wildfires).
“People should not have to choose between protecting their property from shady characters and evacuating to a safe distance,” Milson said.
The Town of Oliver will discuss sending a letter of support on Monday.