courtesy vancouver police department
Vancouver’s West End is experiencing a "dramatic spike" in the number of residential break-ins, police said yesterday.
Residential break-ins in the area increased to 74 in November, up from 35 in October, said Const. Howard Chow. There have been 10 in December.
"We believe it’s one (person) or a handful of suspects that are not related," Chow said.
"In many of these (robberies) there are no signs of forced entry. What it’s telling us is that people are leaving their doors and windows open … and that’s how these crooks are getting in."
Chow said thieves are taking electronics, like laptops, iPods and cameras as well as cash and jewelry. Chow said the items are sold to buy drugs.
He recommends that people engrave valuables with their driver’s licence numbers and ensure that their windows and doors are locked when they’re not home.