North Vancouver RCMP is asking residents to be vigilant after an increase in daytime breaks and enters to homes in City as well as District of North Vancouver.
Property crime typically trends upward with the arrival of warmer weather and longer days, particularly auto crime, said Sgt. Peter Devries.
“Around this time of year, we like to remind people to keep windows closed and doors locked, even if the weather is hot, since this is the best way to prevent becoming a victim of property crime,” he said.
Residents are encouraged to secure doors and windows of their homes at all times, and to lock doors even when leaving the residence, even if it is only for a very short period of time. The RCMP is also asking residents to consider reinforcing all entry points of the home with good deadbolts, invest in alarms systems, and to not leave garage door openers in the car.
Theft from vehicles and bicycle theft has also seen an increase occurring during the day time. Ongoing police investigations have confirmed that the majority of these break-ins have been to unlocked vehicles and bikes that have been left unattended.
“We aren’t issuing any area-specific warnings, however, higher density areas always report greater numbers of these types of crimes, simply because there are more cars and residences for thieves to target, and more people reporting to police,” Sgt Devries said.