Burnaby RCMP warn of an increase of break-ins at lower-level apartment units
2020-03-05 07:42 PST
The Burnaby RCMP have noticed an increase in residential break and enters occurring in lower-level apartment units.
Since January 1, there have been 15 break and enters to lower-level apartments in the City of Burnaby. These incidents have occurred between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m., all days of the week. The suspects have generally targeted small portable items that can be easily transported such as computers, electronic devices, jewellery and handbags.
Two areas of the city have seen the bulk of these incidents:
- The area around Kingsway, Rumble Street, Royal Oak Avenue and Gilley Avenue.
- Areas south of Edmonds Skytrain Station, near Taylor Park
There are many ways to secure your residence and reduce the probability of becoming a victim of property crime. Please take note of the following tips that will help keep your home safe:
- Always lock patio doors and windows, even when you leave for a brief period.
- Lock your valuables in a safe or lockbox.
- Install motion sensor lights where possible.
- Keep shrubs and bushes trimmed to eliminate hiding places.
- Ensure first and second floor patio doors and windows have properly functioning primary and secondary locks.
- Install anti-lift protection on all sliding windows.
- Upgrade your door and window locks if necessary.
- Keep a record of the serial numbers of your valuables, in case stolen items are recovered.
- Report suspicious behaviour in your neighbourhood immediately to police.
Being a victim of property crime can be frightening and frustrating, says Corporal Mike Kalanj.
We are asking that members of our community take a look at the advice we’re providing to lower the chances of becoming a victim and to increase the safety of your home.
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