Police continue to investigate break-ins in Kincardine.
This week, the South-Bruce OPP reported a break-in to a residence in the 200 block of Durham Street.
Sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., June 25, a home was forcibly entered through a window. The list of stolen property included a quantity of American coins, a quantity of Canadian coins and an assortment of jewellery including ear rings, necklaces, rings and watches. The value of the stolen property, with the cost of repairs, was estimated to be more than $3,000.
Homes and businesses aren't the only things being broken into these days in Kincardine. Police are investigating a number of reports of thefts from motor vehicles.
On June 18, police received a report on the theft of hairdressing supplies from a vehicle that was parked in a 2nd Street, Chesley driveway overnight. On June 19, 2014, police received a report of theft of cash and an iPod from a vehicle that was parked on a McGivern Street, Walkerton driveway overnight. Finally, in Kincardine overnight between June 23 and June 24, residents of a south end apartment building reported to the Independent that their vehicles had been entered overnight, with small change stolen from the consoles.
In light of the rash of thefts, the South-Bruce OPP is re-issuing the following tips to help you protect your property.
Tall trees, shrubs and fences create hiding spots for criminals. Keep your landscaping neatly groomed and consider a shorter fence. Lock the doors and windows, even if going out for just 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 are going to be away. Engrave identifying marks on your property, which makes it easier for police to ID your belongings if stolen. Make sure 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, or on Facebook or other social media.
Break-ins are often crimes of opportunity that you can help control. Suspicious vehicles and people should be reported to police. And when it comes to your vehicle, the cops say "Lock it or lose it."
Always roll up the windows, lock the doors and pocket the key. Never leave your vehicle unattended while running. If you have a garage, use it. Lock the vehicle and garage doors. Never leave your keys in plain view or easily accessible. Park in a busy, well lit area. Never leave valuable objects or packages in plain view. You work hard to earn your money, so work hard to protect your purchases.
The South-Bruce OPP requests anyone with information to call 1-888-310-1122 or if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip to crimestob-gb.org, where you might be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000. Police remind the public all suspicous persons and vehicles should be reported.