01/26/2016 13:50 EST | Updated 01/26/2017 00:12 EST

RCMP credit horn-honking homeowner for halting thefts in Salmon Arm, B.C.

SALMON ARM , B.C. — A Salmon Arm, B.C., man didn't need a cellphone to call for help as he chased robbers from his home when a lower-tech method proved just as effective, and a lot noisier.

Mounties in the city 60 kilometres north of Vernon say the man jumped in his car just after midnight Monday as he saw thieves drive off with an all-terrain vehicle from his yard.

As he tailed a pickup truck and trailer carrying his ATV, Staff Sgt. Scott West says the man repeatedly honked his horn, hoping to wake neighbours who might call police.

Officers arrived and traced the noisy victim who pointed out the suspect truck and its ill-gotten ATV, embedded in a snow bank after the rattled thieves lost control, crashed and ran off.

Mounties had no trouble tracking and arresting them, or determining that the truck, trailer and ATV had been stolen in separate robberies around Salmon Arm.

Police are reminding residents to keep their vehicles locked, with trailers, ATVs and other pricey objects secured and out of sight to deter thieves.

The Canadian Press