Halton Regional Police are asking residents of Oakville to be cognizant of the following information as a result of recent residential Break and Enters. It is believed there is potential for further entries to occur.
Here are ten steps which will help to protect your home and valuables:
- Police believe the person(s) responsible are highly organized and responsible for numerous break and enters across the Greater Toronto Area.
- The entries have occurred during day light hours and while home owners are not present.
- It is believed the suspects target residents for jewellery, cash and electronics. It is suggested that residents properly secure all valuables.
- Police are reminding residents that if you are going to be away for any extended period of time to advise a trusted neighbour of such, including when you are leaving and your planned return time. Have the neighbour or family attend your residence occasionally and pick up any mail/newspapers/etc.
- Ensure all doors and windows are locked, including the garage, and ensure your alarm system is activated (if applicable). Set timers for lights, if available, to give the residence the appearance of being occupied.
- Deadbolt your front door, using extra locks to reinforce the secondary door.
- Consider adding window security film to glass.
- Secure ladders and lock your shed.
- Help protect yourself and your neighbours by being vigilant and aware of what is happening in your neighbourhood. Get to know your neighbours. Visit the Halton Regional Police Service website, www.haltonpolice.ca for further tips and information. Follow the Community Policing link to Public Safety and Education. Then access the “Get to Know Your Neighbours” Link and the Crime prevention Tips link.
- Police are requesting that if residents observe any suspicious activity to contact police immediately. Report the suspicious circumstances, including person(s) description along with vehicle descriptions, including the licence plate numbers if possible.
Police further request that residents DO NOT confront or approach any person they believe to be involved in this activity. Make good observations and call police.
We encourage you to share this information with your neighbours via e-mail or verbally. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact investigators in the #2 District Oakville Break and Enter Unit.
We appreciate your assistance with this matter. The Halton Regional Police understand the concerns of citizens and are working diligently to resolve this issue. All uniform officers have been made aware of circumstances, and extra patrols will be occurring in your area.
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