Offenders, victims may be linked in weekend break-ins
A recent spate of Calgary and area home invasions shouldn’t cause worry among the residents in those areas, according to city cops.
Duty Insp. Guy Slater told Metro home invasion cases, like the two over the weekend in Calgary, often involve two or more parties that have some sort of connection.
“When we say it’s not a random act, we’ve determined there is a relationship between the offender and the victim,” he said, noting that the relationship could be anything from domestic to drugs, but is often criminally motivated.
Late Saturday night, three masked assailants busted into a home in the 200 block of Dovercliffe Way SE and demanded various items located within the home. The culprits fled the home after being confronted by one of the residents.
On Friday, four masked individuals forced their way into a home in the 300 block of Braxton Place SE around 11:45 a.m. and forced two people to the ground while the place was ransacked. The assailants stole property from the home and left the victims with minor injuries.
“For the general public, they do not have to fear some unknown person coming into their house, unless of course they are engaged in activity that would prompt somebody wanting to come and secure something they have,” said Slater, alluding to possible drugs or other illicit activities.
Two other home invasions have occurred in the Calgary area in the past five days, including one in Langdon that left one assailant dead and another seriously injured after the resident fought back.
Slater sidestepped the question of whether or not people should fight back against attackers.
“There should be some plain truth, and that is that you’d have to assess the situation as it is ordered and take the appropriate action that you as an individual deem fit,” said Slater.