WINNIPEG — If you plan to head out of town for the weekend, it seems thieves are paying attention.
Insurance company Aviva crunched the claims it receives and found Fridays in August are the most popular day for break and enters.
The company’s data showed the number of break-ins on Fridays is 25 per cent higher than on Sundays, the least popular day for break-ins.
Of its policy holders, Aviva found those in Quebec have the highest frequency of break-ins at 93 per cent above the national average. Manitoba ranks second with 29 per cent more.
Statistics Canada data shows in 2013 there were 7,832 break and enters reported to police in Manitoba. Of that number, 4,496 occurred in Winnipeg.
RCMP are reminding homeowners to make sure you have a neighbour take care of your property by collecting mail, cutting the grass and watching to see if anything suspicious.
“Don’t leave any thing to access your home outside of your home,” said Tara Seel, a spokesperson for the RCMP. “No matter how good of a hiding spot you think you have, our bet is someone will be able to find it.”
People should also avoid sharing vacation plans on social media.
“Don’t post on Facebook and don’t check in while you are away,” said Angele Young, with CAA Manitoba. “It opens you up so intruders know you are away from home and your house is empty for their taking.”
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