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.
If you live in the area…
Between Kingsway, Rumble, Royal Oak and Gilley
near Taylor Park in @CityofBurnaby
Please take the time to read this release and follow these tips: https://t.co/FK3d597eEf
— Burnaby RCMP (@BurnabyRCMP) March 5, 2020
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