Hi all: I pulled this from the DNBIA e-mail newsletter. Although the local rash of B&E’s is not in our area, I found it interesting info.
Break and Enters on the Rise
Submitted by Nanaimo RCMP Community Policing Section
The central area of Nanaimo is currently experiencing an increase in break and enters and business and home owners are asked to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.
Since July 1, seven break and enters have been reported in homes in the areas of Rosehill, Townsite, Cadogan, Pryde and most recently Hunter St. In the last incident the suspects entered while the home was unoccupied and gained entry through a rear window. Small items were taken and neighborhood inquires were negative. Most of these occurrences are happening between noon and 4:30 pm, the time when most people are still at work. Only small items that can easily be carried and concealed are being taken. Thieves are entering through back yards and going in through unlocked windows.
“Based on what we know to date, it most likely involves young teenage males who have been able to blend in with their surroundings and not be detected,” said Constable Gary O’Brien, media spokesperson for the Nanaimo RCMP.
If you see something in your neighborhood you think is suspicious, report it to the police or at least monitor it . It might be as simple as seeing someone walking up your street who seems to be more interested in looking at homes, rather than making eye contact with you. Make a note of this person and when you saw them. Watch to see where they go and share this information with your neighbors. It might be nothing or it might be the piece of information that police need to catch those responsible.
The following tips are provided for your home security:
• Report suspicious activity as soon as possible
• Most break and enters occur during daylight hours, between 10 am and 2 pm
• Thieves utilize thick foliage surrounding your property to provide them with concealment; trim them accordingly with concealment in mind
• Unlocked windows in the rear of your home are the preferred areas of entry, place a bar or wooden dowel in the window sill to prevent the window from opening all the way
• Thieves often work in pairs, be on the lookout for a person who seems to be just standing on a street corner, they are the lookout
• Thieves will often use two way radios, this is a tell tale sign that a break and enter might be happening
• Record license plate numbers on vehicles, get detailed descriptions of persons, their clothing and last known direction of travel
• When walking your dog or out for some exercise, make note of your neighborhood, who is in it, what cars are traveling on your roads and if anything looks out of place
• Start up a Block Watch
• Stay alert!!!
If you want more information on protecting your home or establishing a Block Watch, contact the Nanaimo RCMP Community Policing Section at 250-755-3257. Also, if you have any information on this recent rash of break and enters, please call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS) or go online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com
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