May 20, 2016 - 2:22 PM
LAKE COUNTRY - A rise in thefts in the area has police warning residents to be ‘extra vigilant.’
On May 6, three separate homes under construction were broken into, with thieves stealing brand new kitchen appliances from a home in the 9100 block of Heritage Drive and another in the 8500 block. In the 1500 block of Marble Ledge Drive, more than $1,000 worth of tools were stolen.
Through May 19, a total of 31 break and enters have been reported in the area this year, up from just 17 during the same time period in 2015 and 23 during the same period in 2014, RCMP say in a release.
Const. Jesse O’Donaghey notes many residents in the area reported hearing unusual noises in the middle of the night when asked by police following the incident and reminds people to call the police as soon as they do see or hear anything unusual.
“Lake Country RCMP are continuing to investigate these crimes, however are asking the public to be extra vigilant,” O’Donaghey says.“The RCMP are urging the public to report any and all suspicious activities in and around construction sites, especially activities seemingly taking place after usual operating hours or overnight in relation to homes under construction and nearing completion.”
With the increase in new homes being targeted, contractors are also being reminded to take appropriate steps to secure tools and sites.
Anyone with any information about any of the break and enters is asked to contact the Lake Country RCMP at 250-766-2288. Or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.
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