Kincardine hit by rash of break-and-enters

Guns, televisions, jewellery stolen
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Two guns and a crossbow are in the hands of criminals after the Kincardine area was hit with three break-and-enters on the same day. Three separate homes were victimized, with two of them occurring during daylight hours.

The South-Bruce OPP said a house in the 900 block of Park Place in Huron Twp. was forcibly entered and more than an estimated $20,000 worth of jewellery was stolen on June 17. The list of stolen items includes diamond earrings, gold rings and gold necklaces.

The same day, also during daylight, a home in the 600 block of Lynden Crescent in Kincardine was also forcibly entered. This list of stolen items includes an assortment of rings. The value of the stolen property is estimated to be more than $10,000.

Finally, police said a home in the 800 block of Walsh St. was hit between 10 p.m. on June 17 and 7:50 a.m., June 18.

In that break-in, an Ace .22-calibre rifle with brown stock and a Cooey .22-calibre rifle with brown stock were among the stolen items, as well as a single-hand crossbow. Also reported stolen were two flat screen televisions - a 32" Element and a 22" RCA. Gold rings, a coin collection and a DVD collection were also taken. All totalled, the value of the stolen property was estimated to be more than $2,000.

Police said they are investigating, and ask anybody with information to call 1-800-310-1122. If you would like to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a web-tip at www.crimestoppersgb.ca and you might be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

In light of the break-ins, police also offered up some tips to help protect your home.

Keep your landscaping neatly groomed and consider a shorter fence. Tall trees, shrubs and fences can create hiding spots for criminals. You should always lock your windows and doors, even if you're just going out for a short time. Consider a quality lock and deadbolt on each outside door. Engrave identifying marks on your property so that it is easier for police to identify items if they are recovered. Make sure your outside lights work and use them to deter low light visitors. Know your neighbours and watch for suspicious people and/or activity. Don't leave valuables in plain view, and don't hide a spare house key outside. Finally, don't advertise your absence - if you're planning a trip, watch who you tell.