Sunday break and enter reportSunday, October 21, 2012 by: SooToday.com Staff
An attempted break and enter was reported on White Oak Drive overnight. Rear windows to a residence were broken but no entry gained.
A break and enter was reported from overnight at a residence on West Perth Bay. Entry was gained through a rear window. Taken was alcohol, jewelry and a television.
A break and enter was reported to a residence on Van Daele St. between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. today. Entry was gained through a bedroom window and jewelry and a computer were taken.
A break and enter was reported to a residence on Grandhaven Cres. between 12 and 4 p.m. today. Investigation is continuing.
Good locks, simple precautions, neighborhood awareness, and commonsense can help prevent many property crimes.
So how do you reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of a residential break and enter?
Here are a few suggestions:
• Lock all your doors and windows when you leave.
• Install solid core doors with deadbolt locks (many thieves enter through unlocked doors and windows)
• Secure sliding glass doors with locks or a rigid dowel wedged in the track or use locking pins.
• Lock your windows and utilize the safety lock devices installed on the window to limit opening size.
• Install a peephole or viewer in entry doors so you can see who is outside without opening the door.
• Don't open the door to anyone you don't know.
• Consider installing an alarm system.
• Do not leave jewelry and cash where it is easy to find (master bedroom)
• Take close-up detailed photos of jewelry and other valuable items.
• Prepare a personal property inventory of valuable items which includes the items' serial numbers.
• Use a light timer and leave a radio or tv on when away from the home or on vacation.
• Visually inspect your rear yard. If someone slips undetected into your backyard, anticipate how he will try to break into your home and "harden the target."
• Trim back shrubbery hiding doors or windows. Cut back tree limbs that could help a thief climb to second story windows.
• Make sure all porches, entrances, and yards are well-lighted.
• Keep trusted neighbours informed if you will be away and leave emergency contact numbers with them
• Call police if you see someone or something suspicious. Many break and enters occur after a door knock to see if anyone is home.
If you have any information regarding these crimes, or any other crime, call Crime Stoppers at 705-942-7867 or 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), submit an e-tip from the Crime Stoppers’ website or text keyword SSM with your tip to 274637.
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