EDMONTON – Police are warning Edmontonians to lock their garages after a spike in break and enters in the city’s northeast this summer.
Over the past two months, 44 break and enters have been reported in the Montrose, Highland and Bellevue areas. Of those, 24 have been to garages.
For the same time period in 2013, there were 26 break and enters, and nine of those were to garages.
Police say thieves are targeting garages – most of which are unlocked – stealing smaller items such as tools, electronics and bikes.
“This is more a crime of opportunity,” said Cst. Keith Pitzel with the Edmonton Police Service. “When people leave stuff out in their yard or visible through the window of their garage, leave the doors open, that sort of thing, it just makes it easy for people to come in very quickly, grab a few small items and then just sort of disappear.
“We’ve seen this before, and believe there may be several individuals involved, who may be travelling on bikes and wearing backpacks to carry the stolen property.”
Police remind homeowners to keep their home and garage doors locked and:
Watch: Edmonton police on preventing garage break and enters
Last week alone there were nine break-ins to private garages in northeast Edmonton; three of those happened on the same day within a few blocks of each other.
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