August 6, 2014 5:04 pm

Police investigating dozens of break-ins near Vaughan intersection

Watch above: Why police are warning homeowners on one street in Vaughan. Catherine McDonald reports. 

TORONTO – Eighteen of the 34 break-ins or attempted break-ins near one Vaughan intersection since October have been on the same residential street.

The break and enters, or in some cases attempted break and enters, all took place near Clark Avenue West and New Westminster Drive in Vaughan – a primarily residential neighbourhood near Bathurst Street and Steeles Avenue.

Police say most of the residents were on vacation at the time of the attempted break-ins.

The unidentified suspects would force their way into the home in a variety of ways, police said, including forcing doors open and breaking windows.

How to protect your home from break-ins

York Regional Police offered several tips to protect your home from a break and enter.

  • Don’t announce your travel plans on social media or your voicemail
  • Ask a neighbour to make your house look lived-in by picking up mail, shovelling the driveway, or cutting the lawn
  • Don’t tell people about all the expensive jewellery you have in your bedroom
  • Get a security system that includes motion sensors and video monitoring

- With files from Catherine McDonald 

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