Police are urging Calgarians to lock up their homes, businesses and vehicles after seeing a “significant increase” in break-and-enters throughout the city.
On Friday, the Calgary Police Service (CPS) said there had been a 51 per cent increase in B&E activity in the first seven months of 2019 compared to the five-year average.
“Property crimes are often crimes of opportunity,” Sgt. Doug Crippen said in a news release. “Police are seeing the vast majority of break-ins being committed due to unlocked doors and vehicles, as well as windows and garages that are being left open.”
If you’ve been the victim of a break-and-enter you can report it to police by contacting the non-emergency number at 403-266-1234 or call 911 for crimes in progress.
According to the Calgary Police Service
- Criminals only have to force entry in approximately 34 per cent of break-ins. Most break-ins are completely preventable by locking doors, windows, garages and vehicles
- A total of 2,587 break-and-enters were reported in Calgary from April to June 2019, an increase of approximately nine per cent from January to March 2019. This includes residential and commercial break-ins
- There were 654 reported residential break-and-enters from April to June 2019, an increase of approximately 32 per cent from January to March 2019
- A residential break-and-enter occurs approximately every 2.5 hours in Calgary