Tuesday, September 30, 2014

‘Lock it or lose it’

The Rainy River District OPP is reminding residents to lock up their property and vehicles to help reduce crime.
Police responded to the report of an attempted break-and-enter occurring sometime between June 28-30.

Culprit(s) tried to gain entry to a residence on the 300 block of Second Street East in Fort Frances.
Police noted pry marks were evident but no entry was gained.
On the night of July 4, culprit(s) gained entry and stole small tools from a shed on the 1200 block of Third Street East in Fort Frances.
Police noted there was an unsuccessful attempt to pry open a padlock.
The individual(s) responsible then searched through a boat located on the same property.
Meanwhile, on July 9 between 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., culprit(s) entered an unlocked garage on Government Road in Rainy River.
The owners discovered the theft when they returned to the garage to lock the building for the night.
A police investigation revealed roughly 300-400 pounds of scrap copper wire and piping had been stolen.
Anyone with information about these crimes is urged to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.
If they wish to remain anonymous, they may contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
Break-and-enters continue to remain an all-too-common occurrence in Canada, with more than 200,000 reported to police annually, of which six-in-10 are residential.
There are actions residents and business owners can to do to safeguard their property. The best defence in preventing property crime is to present your property in such a way that it does not appeal to a criminal walking your street!
Burglars like privacy. Take a moment to survey your property and assess your risk!
Look at the big-picture items such as landscaping, fencing, and lighting.
Are windows obscured or can thieves move about your property without being detected?

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