The Dawson Creek RCMP say they are experiencing an increase in reports of residential break and enters into homes located within Dawson Creek and surrounding areas, with varying degrees of damage and loss.
These crimes were committed in broad daylight and all of the residences reported in this recent increase had either an unlocked door or window.
"The Dawson Creek RCMP would like to remind residents to secure their homes before leaving for the day," said Cst. Jaime Flikweert, Media Relations Officer for the DC RCMP. "Property owners can help reduce their risk of becoming a victim by improving the physical security of their own homes."
- Secure (lock) all entrances/exits into your residence prior to leaving your property
- Use quality deadbolts on all exterior doors
- Invest in a monitored alarm and/or video surveillance system.
- Secure (lock) all windows
In the event of a break in:
- If you return to your residence and notice that a break in has occurred, do not enter the building.
- Call the police immediately
- Do not touch anything or clean up until after police have arrived and inspected the area for evidence.
- If you have video surveillance systems, make sure everyone knows how to use it and burn the footage to a disk or USB. This alleviates the confusion and time delay that may occur to help with identifying possible suspects.
"Residential break and enters can have a large impact on homeowners and their families due to the amount of stress that may come with having your home broken into," said Flikweert.
RCMP say at this time there is not enough evidence to approve any charges against any person(s) for the recent break and enters.