Nanaimo B&E artists shift focus


The rash of break and enters across Nanaimo continues, but police are seeing a shift in focus by the B&E artists from commercial to residential properties.

Dozens of break and enters from Cedar to Nanoose have been committed since the beginning of March. In the first half of the month, thieves targeted laptops and other computer equipment in commercial businesses.

Police are now seeing a significant drop in commercial break-ins and a rise in residential break-ins.

Homes are being hit during the day between 10 a.m. and  4 p.m. Thieves are breaking in through sliding patio doors, often by prying up on the door to pop it off its track.

Once inside, thieves rummage through cupboards, closets and dressers. The preferred items for theft are high-end televisions, laptop computers and in some cases jewelry and cash.

Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said suspects are being identified, intelligence is constantly being shared by those close to the investigation and police are  confident arrests will be made.

Several simple security tips can help protect homes from theft include:

Always report suspicious activity

Criminals often scout out areas before deciding to target them. Look for strangers driving through the neighbourhood who do not “fit in”.

Lock all doors, consider installing an alarm system and advertise by putting up stickers warning you have an alarm system.

Install locks on side gates, preventing easy access from the street.

Make your house look lived in by parking cars in the driveway.

If you return home and find your home has been broken into, do not enter but call the police immediately.



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