Police are investigating a spike in break and enters to commercial and private properties in Nanaimo’s Country Club area.
Police attended eight break-ins in the area from Oct. 2-9.
Culprits broke into two businesses by prying open locked doors or breaking windows in the early morning hours between midnight and 5 a.m.
Six homes were broken in the daytime when homeowners were away. Entry was gained in all cases through unlocked doors and windows.
Two cars were stolen – one with keys that were left in it – and three vehicles were broken into.
Items stolen from the businesses, homes and vehicles included cash, electronics, tools, cameras and computer equipment.
Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said police believe one or more groups are targeting the area and caution residents and business owners to be vigilant about locking premises and maintaining a lookout for suspicious activity.
Criminals often check out potential targets for alarm systems and ways to gain entry and can stand out when scouting properties.
People are also asked to take note of transportation potential suspects are using and to share the information with neighbours and employees.
Keep an ear open for strange noises and make sure entrances are lighted and that movement sensor lights, locks and alarms are working.
Call police immediately upon seeing or hear suspicious activity.
“Don’t wait, just call us,” O’Brien said.
O’Brien also recommends neighbourhoods become active in Block Watch and Citizen On Patrol programs.
To find out more about these programs, please call the Nanaimo RCMP Community Policing Section at 250-755-3257.
To report suspicious activity or a crime, please call 911 if it is an emergency. Otherwise call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.