Now that the temperature is warming up, the VPD is reminding the public not to invite thieves into their homes.
Police typically see an increase in break-ins to houses, basement suites, townhomes, and apartments as the temperatures begin to rise. Many of the break-ins investigated during the spring and summer show no signs of forced entry, indicating crooks simply gained access through unlocked or open doors and windows.
“Many thieves are opportunists. Thirteen per cent of residential break-ins over the last six months were committed by a criminal entering through an open door or window, including above the ground floor. Some happened while people were at home,” says VPD Constable Jason Doucette. “Something as simple as making sure your windows and doors are locked can stop a thief.”
Consider joining Block Watch – getting to know your neighbours is a great way to prevent crime. Learn about our Log It or Lose It program and other crime prevention tips to help keep you and your property safe from crime.