Residents in the York region are being advised to be alert about break and enters that have occurred in their neighbourhoods. The York Regional Police #4 District Criminal Investigations Bureau has received reports of incidents from an area in the City of Vaughan.
In the past month several break and enters occurred overnight while the homeowners were sleeping. Suspects gained access to the residence through unlocked doors, typically through the garage and entered the home without being detected. Small electronics, cash, jewelry and other small items have been targeted.
“We are urging citizens to lock their doors at night and call police immediately if you are the victim of a break and enter. Break and enters are often a crime of opportunity. The more difficult you make it for thieves to break into your home, the more likely it is that they will move along,” a York Police spokesperson said.
Citizens are reminded to:
- Always lock your doors and windows, including interior garage doors. Secure all basement and ground-level windows and patio doors.
- Do not leave keys or garage door openers inside of your vehicle when it is parked in the driveway.
- Do not announce your travel plans or absence from home on social media or your phone’s voicemail.
- If going away on vacation or an extended absence, ask a trusted neighbor to watch your house and make your home looked lived-in.
- Do not discuss the contents of your home with others or leave boxes/packaging for expensive items on display in recycling bins.
- When someone rings your doorbell or knocks on your door, make them aware that someone is home, even if you don’t feel comfortable answering the door. For example, call out to the person that you can’t answer the door right now. Be aware of suspicious people or vehicles in your neighbourhood and call police immediately if you’re concerned. We will respond to these calls.
- Install dead-bolt locks on all exterior doors and self-tapping screws in the upper track of patio doors and windows.
- Consider installing a home security system with an audible alarm and video surveillance and ensure that everybody in the house knows how it works.
- Consider storing valuables in a safety deposit box.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to contact the York Regional Police #4 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423 ext. 7441, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com, or text your tip to CRIMES (274637) starting with the word YORK. – CINEWS