The Ottawa Police Service Break and Enter Unit has noticed an increase in reports of residential break and enters in which the suspect(s) use fire escapes and/or balconies to enter the residence.
Residents are reminded to keep their doors locked, even when at home, and to ensure any access points, garage, doors, patio doors and windows are also locked.
Locking windows is a must for ground floor and second floor windows that are easily accessible by other means, for example the garage roof or fire escape. The addition of extra security measures for patio doors, such as a security bar or wood stick, will aid in preventing the door from being pried open.
Do not leave valuables that may be easily viewed in front of windows or inside doors. We ask that residents always note and report suspicious persons in your neighbourhood.
There has been 35 break ins reported in the Central District area (including ByWard Market, Sandy Hill, Vanier, Centertown) since December 23, 2015. They mostly occur between 4pm and 11 pm. Items usually stolen are laptops, cash and jewellery.
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Anyone with information regarding Break and Enter investigations is asked to call Ottawa Police’s Break and Enter Section at 613-236-1222, ext. 4533. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.