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Surrey RCMP issue warning after spike in brazen break-and-enters

Surrey RCMP are warning homeowners about thieves who break into homes, sometimes when the owners are asleep inside, by stealing garage door openers. Catherine Urquhart reports.

Surrey RCMP say they have seen an increase in break-and-enters, many of which happen while people are asleep inside their homes.

RCMP said there were 26 break-and-enters in August and 24 last month, compared to 13 in July.

Edmonton police reiterate: don’t leave garage door openers in cars!
Edmonton police reiterate: don’t leave garage door openers in cars!

Police said many of the break-ins occurred while residents were at home, often during the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.

The majority of the break-ins occurred after thieves get a garage door opener from vehicles parked in the driveway. Once inside the garage, they get into the house through unlocked doors or by finding a spare key.

READ MORE: Garage break and enters up 73% over 5 years: Edmonton police

RCMP are offering the following tips to secure their home:

  • do not keep a garage door opener inside the vehicle
  • ensure the garage door closes tightly and is locked at all times
  • install a deadbolt on the door that leads from the garage to the house, and
  • routinely secure all doors and windows before going to bed.
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