July 23, 2014 3:49 pm

Rash of home break-ins worry Dartmouth residents

HALIFAX – A Dartmouth couple spent Wednesday recovering following a violent home invasion on Tuesday night.

Around midnight, three masked men, including one armed with a gun, allegedly forced their way into a Prince Albert Road apartment and took money, a cell phone and a computer.

“There was an altercation that occurred while inside the home and the victims were treated for minor injuries at the scene,” said Halifax Regional Police spokesperson Const Holly Tooke.

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Taccarra George, who lives in the apartment upstairs from where the break-in happened, said her own home had been broken into twice in just two days.

“People are just violating my home and me and my friends and neighbours,” she said. “It’s terrifying, honestly. I’m shaking just thinking about it.”

Police believe the break-in was a random act, and many neighbourhood residents remain on alert.

“I don’t always lock the door if I’m leaving the house for a couple minutes,” said Barb Greiff. “But there is that thought that maybe they will hit there. If it is random acts, it could happen to anyone.”

Ann Timmins said she didn’t think it was a crime that occurred because of the location of the home.

“It seems to be that this type of action is everywhere now, unfortunately,” she said.

But residents say home invasions have become all too common in the area, with at least eight break-ins or attempted break-ins in the past two months.

People living at 27 Prince Albert Road say there was a break and enter at one of the building’s apartments less than a week ago.

“Its pretty scary. There are people in this neighbourhood who have to resort to crime,” said Willy Badger, who recently had some items stolen from his own property.

Halifax Regional Police have confirmed investigations into six break-and-enters in the neighbourhood this month.

Residents say they hope police will do more to prevent more crimes.

“I just want something to happen to not feel scared for my life anymore,” George said. “I should be able to live in my own home without having to carry a bottle of mace in my pocket all the time.”

Tooke said police will increase patrols if necessary, and urged anybody concerned by unfamiliar people in the area to contact police.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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