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Garages in south Edmonton neighbourhoods targeted in recent break-and-enters

Edmonton Police urge residents to secure garage doors with locks.
Edmonton Police urge residents to secure garage doors with locks. Supplied

Dozens of garage break-ins over the past few weeks have prompted Edmonton Police to send out a warning.

Since Feb. 1, 2020, police said it had launched 90 investigations, with many of the break-and-enters being reported in the city’s southside.

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The neighbourhood of Ritchie has been hit especially hard with 26 garage break-ins reported, police said.

Garages in Ritchie, Strathcona, McKernan, Belgravia, Queen Alexandra, Garneau and Windsor Park have also been hit.

Police said suspects managed to get inside detached garages by prying open pedestrian doors to steal bikes and tools.

Police are urging people to protect their property by keeping side doors locked and using locks for roller and track garage doors. They also recommend disconnecting automatic garage doors before you leave town.
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Remote-control garage door openers shouldn’t be left in vehicles parked outside of homes, police said.
Police are also asking drivers to stay vigilant by leaving headlights on until parked and by installing lights around your property.
Anyone with information on the garage break-ins is asked to call EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone or call Crime Stoppers.