TORONTO, Ont. – Toronto police say they generally see a spike in break and enters over the summer months as people spend more time in the backyard, leaving doors and windows unlocked. However, police have some encouraging numbers for the year.
Since the end of June, Toronto police have been using Facebook and Twitter to remind the public how easy it is to avoid break and enters and Constable Wendy Drummond told 680News it seems to be working.
“We’ve noticed a 16 per cent decrease in the number of break and enters that have happened in the past weeks. However, I can’t scientifically say it’s a result of the prevention information and tips going out. But we really want to give people a pat on the back and if it is contributed to that – keep it up.”
Const. Drummond said break and enters are crimes of opportunity, so it is vital take a few minutes to take that opportunity away from thieves by locking windows and doors.
Those who are heading out of town on vacation are being reminded by police to have someone pick up the daily mail or even have them cut the lawn to appear as if someone is home.