January 14, 2013 - 12:47 PM
Vernon Mounties are asking residents to keep a close eye on their neighbours for anything suspicious after a rash of break-and-enters.
RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk says RCMP usually respond to a break-in once every couple of days. Lately, they've been well beyond that—43 in the last month.
"There is a real spike over the whole detachment area," he said Monday.
The slew of break and enters began in rural areas but is now everywhere from Enderby to Lumby, including downtown Vernon.
The culprits typically enter through a window and make away with jewelry and electronics, including laptops. Based on the method of entry and selection of items, Molendyk suspects several people are committing the crimes.
"How they're breaking in and what they're doing has a lot of similarities," he said.
According to Molendyk, the thieves operate mainly during the daytime, making their moves mid-morning. He encourages people to keep an eye out for people who aren't normally seen in the area, as well as people on the street with suitcases, or people leaving houses with unusual items.
"Watch for vehicles that normally do not park on your street, or might be acting suspiciously like driving slowly on the street or appear to be checking if people are home."
If possible, Molendyk asks people to record the type of vehicle and plate number. He says neighbours looking out for neighbours could be a big help in mitigating these crimes.
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