Break and enters to sheds and garages are on the rise in Port Alberni.
Less than 20 days into the New Year, Port Alberni RCMP have responded to 11 break and enter complaints where thieves have specifically targeted back yard detached garages, sheds and locked storage trailers.
In these instances, thieves appear to be taking advantage of alley ways and have been stealing a wide variety of items including sporting goods, tools and alcohol. Most of these thefts have occurred in the 3300-3800 blocks between 3rd Ave to 10th Ave.
All Port Alberni residents are encouraged to report any suspicious activity or persons walking about, including those using the alleys during the overnight hours.
“The police are trying to identify those responsible for these crimes and often we are only getting a call after the fact,” said RCMP Cpl. Amelia Hayden. “Everyone has a part to play in addressing crime in the community. Too many times people see suspicious activity and they don’t call police or think someone else will call. If we can get the call when it’s happening, we can be a lot more successful at apprehending those responsible and getting property back to its rightful owner.”
Local residents can also help prevent such thefts by ensuring any valuables are marked for identification and securely locked up, by using good lighting to illuminate areas of property that are dark and secluded, by keeping an eye on what’s happening in your neighbourhood and by joining crime prevention programs like Block Watch. For more home security tips, click here.
Anyone with information on these break and enters is asked to contact the Port Alberni RCMP at 250-723-2424. To remain anonymous, call Alberni Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers pays up to $2000 for information that leads to an arrest.