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Warm weather brings increased number of break-ins: police

Last Updated Jul 30, 2017 at 10:23 am PDT

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Summary

As temperature rise, so do the number of break-ins in some neighbourhoods

Close all windows and doors on the ground level when not in the room, even if your home

Don't leave any valuables visible in your car, and make sure to close all windows, including sunroofs

NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – As the temperature rises, so do the number of break-ins in some neighbourhoods.

The summer months may make it tempting to get a breeze through your home, which is why Mounties are out with a warning: leaving that window open may help you beat the heat, but it can also make you a target for thieves.

“Certainly in the warmer summer months, people are more apt to just leave windows open, let their guard down perhaps,” says Cpl. Richard De Jong with the North Vancouver RCMP. “We have seen an increase in break-and-enters.”

Police hope this reminder with help prevent a rash of burglaries.

“At this point we’re just finishing almost July here, and it’s pretty consistent with other summer months,” he adds. “This notice comes out so we don’t have a huge spike and perhaps a worse summer for thefts and break-and-enters than last year.”

Some tips to prevent theft include:

  • Close all windows on the ground level when not in the room
  • Secure patio sliding doors by fitting a snap resistant cylinder lock
  • Lock sheds and outbuildings with a padlock to prevent your ladders or garden tools being used to break into your home
  • Don’t leave valuables visible through windows − certainly not within reaching distance of an open window

With more people out and about, De Jong warns your car can also be a target. His best advice is to not leave any valuables in there in the first place, to avoid having them stolen.

Mounties say they’ve seen an increase in thefts from parked cars because many drivers are leaving their windows and sunroofs open.

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