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General · 2nd August 2012
Shane Worth
Residential Break and Enter - Youth Arrested and Charged

On July 17, 2012 the Quadra Island RCMP received a report from an alert citizen advising they had just interrupted a suspect attempting to break in to a Heriot Bay area residence. The investigation identified the suspect to be a youth who was immediately arrested and held to appear in Court. The youth was formally charged with Break and Enter and is scheduled to appear in Court at later date. The Quadra Island RCMP thanks community members for being alert and reporting crimes. Information regarding any crimes can be reported to the Detachment at 285-3631 or anonymously to Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Utility Trailers

The quality of a home made utility trailer can range from factory perfect to I'm amazed that it is still following you. Licencing, lights and weight are the most common problems encountered by enforcement personnel at the roadside. With a little thought and knowledge you can pull that extra load around safely.

All trailers, at minimum, need two yellow front side marker lights and reflectors, two red rear side marker lights and reflectors, tail lights, brake lights, rear reflectors and a licence plate light. They must all be functional, even in full daylight. Depending on the dimensions of the trailer additional clearance lights may be required.

"Borrowing" a licence plate from another trailer instead of properly licencing each trailer owned is surprisingly common. You cannot temporarily transfer utility licence plates among vehicles you already own. This is misuse of licence plates and is an offence that will result in a fine and possibly a tow truck.

Finally, let's consider weight. Many ubilt utility trailers have a licenced weight of 700 kg. and this means that the weight of the trailer and everything carried by it cannot exceed 700 kg. even if the trailer is capable of carrying more. Beware of overloading trailer components as well. Tires and axles have maximum weight capacities that cannot be exceeded.