Police are investigating two overnight break-ins in the downtown core of Kincardine.
Sometime between 5 p.m. Friday, June 13 and 9 a.m., June 14, entry was forcibly gained to the Clothes Hamper in the 700 block of Queen Street in Kincardine, through the main door. A quantity of cash and coin were taken.
A second break-in during the same time frame was reported at Baxter's Row, in the 700 block of Queen Street, Kincardine, where entry was forcibly gained through the back door. Once inside, a quantity of cash and coins were taken.
There is no estimate on the cost of repairs to either business at this time. And Kincardine isn't the only centre dealing with rash of recent break-ins. In Walkerton, police are investigating three daylight break and enters that were reported last Wednesday, June 11.
Sometime between 10 a.m. on June 11 and 12 p.m. the same day, a home in the 400 block of McNab Street in Walkerton was entered. Items in the home were moved, but there was nothing reported stolen at this time.
Two break-ins were reported on Johnstone Blvd., Walkerton, during the same time frame. At one home, a quantity of jewellery, including gold ear rings, gold chains, engagement ring, wedding rings and watches were taken. The value of the stolen property is estimated to be worth more than $1,000.At the other Johnstone Blvd. home, jewellery was also reported stolen. A quantity of gold chains was taken that are valued to be worth more than $200.
In light of these incidents, the South-Bruce OPP offered up the following tips to help residents protect their property.
Tall trees, shrubs and fences create hiding spots for criminals. Keep your landscaping neatly groomed and consider a short fence. Lock your doors and windows, even if you're just going out for a short time. Consider using quality locks and a deadbolt on each outside door. Keep the grass cut, and don't let mail accumulate if you're going to be away. Engrave identifying marks on your property. This makes it easier for police to identify your belongings if they are stolen. Make sure the outside lights work, and use them to deter low light visitors. Know your neighbours, and watch for suspicious people or activity on your block. Don't leave valuables in plain sight, and don't hide a spare house key outside. If you're planning a trip, be careful who you tell. Try not to advertise your absence with electronic or answering machine messages.
Break-ins are often a crime of opportunity that you can help control. Suspicious vehicles or people should be reported to police. Anybody interested in more information on crime prevention tips can check online.
Finally, anybody who has any information on any break-ins should call police at 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip to crimestob-gb.org.
- Josh Howald