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String of Burnaby apartment break-ins prompt police warning

Last Updated Mar 5, 2020 at 6:32 pm PDT

FILE - The RCMP has dealt with its first six cases of COVID-19 in Canada. (CREDIT: RCMP)

Burnaby RCMP say 15 break-ins targeting lower-level apartments have been reported since Jan 1., 2020

The "bulk" of reports are concentrated in two areas and police are reminding residents to always lock windows and doors

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) — Burglars have been targeting lower-level apartments in two Burnaby neighbourhoods, prompting a warning from police Thursday.

RCMP say 15 break-ins have been reported since Jan 1., 2020. The thieves enter the units between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. and make off with items that are easy to transport, like computers, jewelry and purses.

The “bulk” of reports are concentrated in two areas: the area around Kingsway, Rumble Street, Royal Oak Avenue and Gilley Avenue; and the area south of Edmonds Skytrain Station, near Taylor Park.

“Being a victim of property crime can be frightening and frustrating, says Cpl. Mike Kalanj in a release. “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.”

Police are reminding people to take the following precautions:

  • 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