Summer isn’t over for thieves
2017-08-28 11:13 PDT
As we head into another week of hot weather, remember that even though we live in a safe community, there are thieves taking advantage of unlocked doors and windows.
From June to July, Coquitlam RCMP saw the overall number of break and enters to homes nearly double and about 40% of those thieves got in through unlocked or open doors and windows.
Although the overall crime numbers are low they can be lower, says Corporal Michael McLaughlin with Coquitlam RCMP.
Police tend to see this spike in break and enters every summer during the hottest weeks. We all need to make sure we don’t get complacent just because we live in a safe community.
Here are some tips to beat the heat while also protecting your home and valuables:
- Instead of leaving doors open, use a fan or an air conditioning unit.
- Make sure that open windows can’t be easily accessed from the ground or a patio. If you must leave a window open, ensure it is locked in place so that a person can’t crawl in
- Don’t leave patio doors open and unlocked. Consider if a second or third floor balcony may be easy to reach by climbing
- If you hear or see someone suspicious call 911.
For more ways to keep your home safe from crime, go to the Coquitlam RCMP website.
Cpl. Michael McLaughlinMedia Relations Officer
2986 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7Y5
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