The Southern Georgian Bay OPP want to remind the public of ways to detect and prevent break and enters as they investigate two incidents on the William Street side of Midland that occurred during the evening hours of April 23.
The home owners had small household items, cash and jewelry stolen while also being victimized by the entry into their homes, according to police. As a result of these ongoing investigations, the OPP want to provide information about the detection and prevention of residential break and enters. OPP officers investigate a number of reports of break and enter to area homes each year and are often successful in apprehending the offenders responsible. Much of the success is dependent on the eyes and ears of area residents, according to the OPP.
Here are some tips from the OPP that can assist community involvement in the detection and prevention of residential break and entries:
- Keep your eyes and ears open for suspicious vehicles and persons in the area of your residence. Do not confront possible suspects.
- Record the licence numbers and description of suspicious vehicles.
- Record detailed descriptions of occupants of suspicious vehicles.
- Report your concerns and observations immediately to the Ontario Provincial Police Communications Centre at 1-888-310-1122 or “911” if emergent.
- Make “would-be” thieves visible by installing motion lights or leave an exterior light on to illuminate entrance ways and rear yards.
- Don’t hide keys in secret places. Instead leave a duplicate with a friend or neighbour.
- Lock your doors and secure any open windows prior to retiring for the evening.
- Borrow an engraver from your local OPP detachment to engrave your valuable belongings. This may discourage theft of valuables and will provide an easy way to identify stolen property.
- Use a personal identification mark such as your driver’s licence number when engraving your property.
- For deterrent purposes, the identification marks should be easily identifiable.
- Record the contents of your home on paper or using a video camera.
- Record the serial numbers of your property.
- Don’t leave articles out, such as axes and tools that could be used to assist in breaking into your residence.
- Establish relationships with neighbours and check on each other’s property when away.
- Lock and secure your property and outside belongings and if warranted inquire of the feasibility of an alarm system.
- If you are away, make sure that your residence looks like it is occupied. Have the sidewalks shoveled, the mail collected, and the grass cut. Make use timers to have lights coming on and going off at different intervals.
- Avoid posting on social media sites when you are away from your residence.
If you discover a break and enter, contact the OPP immediately at 1-888-310-1122. Do not enter your property as valuable evidence may be disturbed.
For more information on the prevention of residential break and enters, read about the SafeGuard Ontario Property Security Program/Programme de sécurité des lieux Bien protégé Ontario.
Officers ask that if you do have information about a property related crime to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). If you wish you can also submit your information online at www.p3tips.com. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.00. You can follow Crime Stoppers of Simcoe Dufferin Muskoka www.crimestopperssdm.com on Twitter or Facebook.